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Want to Reach New Heights as a Writer? Learn to QUIT

Kristen nailed me on this one. I’ve been working on my first book since February and have kept on stalling. I have yet to get beyond the “beginning” of the story because I just haven’t found how to convey the meat of it. It could very well be that this story was never meant to be in the first place. I’m shelving it way at the top, the highest shelf, where I can’t get to it unless I really have something more to contribute to it.

Yes, I do have another story in the works.

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Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi. Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—November) is just around the corner. Many new writers take this as an opportunity to test if they can do this professional writing thing “fer realz.” Some of us dust off an old story and see if we can toss it in the crucible of peer pressure and FINALLY finish. This is a good plan…most of the time.

We have to be careful. Never giving up might keep us from ever succeeding.

Want to know the secret to success? Quitting. Yes, you read correctly. And, if you’re a creative professional, it is in your interest to learn to get really good at quitting. Maybe you’ve felt like a loser or a failure, that your dream to make a living with your art was a fool’s errand.

Ignore that junk and understand…

Winners Quit All the Time

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4 comments on “Want to Reach New Heights as a Writer? Learn to QUIT

  1. Let's CUT the Crap!
    2014/09/21

    This is how everything else in life is done. If you keep banging the wall with your head all you’ll end up with is a hole in the wall, not new ideas. Time to try another approach. Good share, Glynis. ❤

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  2. Thanks for sharing this post of Kristen Lamb’s. At first I did think I read that wrong… The secret of success was Quitting?? Until I went to her post and read it. It really does make a lot is sense… If some tactic is not working we must learn to quit that approach and try a new one instead of beating a dead horse. I love her quote, “persistence looks a lot like stupid”. This is really some of the best advice I’ve read in a while.

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    • Glynis Jolly
      2014/09/21

      I knew before I read the post that it was okay to dump an idea in the trash. Nonetheless, knowing and doing are two different things. Dumping a story because I’m so frustrated with it just didn’t seem or feel like a good enough reason. Dumping a story because I need the energy to go on with a story I believe has a better chance seems more plausible and feels positive instead of negative.

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