cathschaffstump (cathschaffstump) wrote,

Growing into It

Especially during back to school time, parents plan ahead for what to buy their kids. Children develop and get larger, so it's not uncommon for people to buy clothes that are a little larger than a child needs, because then the kid can grow into it.

I smell a writing analogy.

There's a lot of self-help literature out there to help writers. Like many get rich quick books, or life change books, these books are success-oriented, and often suggest that their suggestions will help you circumnavigate a lot of hard work and succeed. With particular methods, you will separate yourself from the herd, and publication will be yours.


Some people do get lucky, and indeed their story is published, regardless of time up front, or even the quality of the piece.

Some people also win the lottery. Some people are also struck by lightening.

For the majority of us, we have to grow to fit the shape of what will become our writing career.

The truth?

There is no substitute for hard work.
There is no substitute for hard work.
There is no substitute for hard work, ESPECIALLY if you are God's gift to writing.
There is no substitute for hard work, REGARDLESS of who you know.

And here's why.

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Mirrored from Writer Tamago.

Tags: writing life
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