There are a lot of blog posts out there giving advice to new writers, and I tend to stay out of that mix because everything has been said before… and better! But there are a few pieces of advice that haven’t been said already, so I decided to add my two cents.
One of the most important things you can ever do as a new writer, is to keep quiet.
And I’m serious about that, because once you start telling people what you hope to accomplish, you’re going to get people who try to pull you down and stop you from succeeding. This is just a fact. They’ll tell you that the odds are against you. They’ll tell you about people they heard of who failed. Or they might just laugh off your hopes and dreams and make you feel like a fool for even having started down this path to begin with. When you’re aiming for publication, this can be a delicate time, and sometimes these downers are the last people you expect to crush your spirit.
Why do they do it? I don’t know. Your goals are different. They don’t understand. People are creatures of habit, and they like things (and people!) to stay the same. This happens when anyone tries to do something that goes against the norm. Try telling people you want to get out of debt and stay that way, for example. Or tell people you want to go to school to get your PhD in French footwear. You’ll get similar responses.
And that’s why I’m telling you be careful who you share your fledgling hopes with. Even as an experienced author, I’m careful about who I share my writing stuff with. I sit alone all day, and I need to keep positive. Negative people can sap your creative energy and drain your optimism.
Now, there are a few trustworthy people you can share with, but make sure those people:
A. Are positive and uplifting
B. Believe in your abilities
C. Will be excited for you when you succeed
And then write for all you’re worth! There is absolutely no reason why you can’t do this! There is no reason why you can’t succeed.
But positive people sure help to fuel your writing ambitions.