Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Writers Need A Breakthrough, Not A Breakdown

Some days, okay many days, can be maddening for today’s writer.  He or she wants so many things to happen, including these items:

·         To find a literary agent.
·         For the agent to land a publisher.
·         To have a publisher that really sells books well.
·         To market and promote one’s book.
·         To keep up with social media purposefully.
·         To garner positive feedback for one’s work.
·         To make a difference in the world through one’s writings.

But all too often none of these things happen, at least not as often and to the degree a writer may desire.  There’s no secret that writers are tormented by their own desires, the demands of others, and the expectations of readers.  Writers are just a few shades off of mental illness and some in fact write despite or because of such calamity.  

Writers can stare a breakdown in the face on a regular basis, putting up with their frustrations, failures, shortcomings, near-misses, and rejections only because they feel success is around the corner. They want that breakthrough moment that alludes so many but visits upon a fortunate few.

Maybe writers need to give up on something in order to save the rest of their dreams.

For instance, maybe a breakthrough happens by changing strategy or finally implementing one.  Maybe instead of ignoring a key piece, you do something about it.  And instead of trying to do everything by yourself, you hire out, delegate, or share the burden with another.  Breakthroughs come not from doing, believing, and saying the same thing in similar situations that keep arising; they come when you do something different, atypical, uncharacteristic, and against your very own instincts.

·         Turn left instead of right.
·         Jump instead of standing still.
·         Run instead of walking.
·         Buy what you never have.
·         Sell what you cling to.
·         Take a bite of something on the menu that you’ve never even glanced at.

Yes, make that breakthrough happen, not just by persistence, conviction, passion, energy, and creativity.  Make things happen by shaking stuff up.  Yes, I’m talking to you. I’m talking to myself.  We need to shift our standards, recalibrate our engines, and step into the unknown in order to cross into new territory.

Change that’s thrust upon you sucks and is unwanted.  You make the most of it and perhaps you even do better than under the original way.  But in any case, change that you initiate is always welcome and puts you in control.  You may just find a breakthrough moment.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015

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