While waiting on hold this morning, I worked on a cryptogram quote in the newspaper. As the answer revealed itself, so did some questions.

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

~John F. Kennedy

How often do we settle for second when we write? I can think of numerous ways we do it and probably aren’t even aware of it when we do. If you are currently writing, do you put writing off for another time or when you have “enough” time, are you self-critical to the point of paralysis, or are you writing without direction? If you have finished your manuscript, do you think it’s good “enough” and don’t edit it, don’t think your writing is worth spending money on an editor, or believe no one is going to read it anyway? If you are published, do you avoid the necessary work of promoting your book because you lack knowledge or are uncomfortable with marketing yourself?

Successful writers put their writing first. They believe in what they write and how important it is to do the work of a writer and as an entrepreneur in the business of writing. Have a heart-to-heart with the writer in you. Ask what your goals are and define the necessary steps to achieve them. It doesn’t have to be the New York Times Bestseller List. They should be true to who you are. Believe in yourself, your writing, your dream.

What keeps you from putting your writing first?


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