There’s something about a new year that allows us to wipe our slate clean and start fresh. We feel renewed, like the world was just given a grand re-set button and we are now allowed to be better or different than what we were the past year. As writers and book promoters, we welcome an opportunity to become whomever we thought we always were but had never quite actually appeared to be.
A new calendar year is upon us and we make proclamations of how things should be and commit to resolutions to live as we envision ourselves to. Somehow we ignore or forget that we fell far short in the past year of living our promises. That’s okay, because 2019 discharges these debts and washes us of our blunders, missed opportunities, bad choices or unfulfilled promises. This year, we sell ourselves on what will be different.
And why not?
Why can’t we do more of the good, less of the bad? Why can’t we experiment or change our ways or take a few more risks? Why can’t we overcome our fears, prejudices, and ignorance – and be much, much more successful than in years past?
Don’t look for reasons or excuses to justify your failures. Don’t look for signs that you will falter again. Don’t work hard to convince yourself you won’t go an inch past your prior limitations. Put all of that restraint into a closet and seal it shut.
We all could benefit from a pep talk, motivational seminar, inspirational book, or a good sermon at our community house of worship. This is my pep talk to you:
· You are a writer, so write.
· Write often – and then edit.
· Keep learning by doing – and by reading.
· Fill a need or a void with your writing.
· Find what’s interesting to you, what the public needs to know, and what will have a commercial life – the trifecta.
· Keep promoting- it’s just as important as writing.
· You have a unique voice because you are unique. Write in that voice.
· Never stop being, curious – assume nothing, follow your instincts.
· It’s never too late to bloom as a writer, so keep trying.
· Write multiple books, simultaneously, going from one to the other so that your creativity and passion stay fresh.
· Realize that you only need to sell 10,000 copies of a book to a nation of 330 million and a world of 7.6 billion to be considered successful.
· You don’t compete against anyone but yourself. Let yourself win.
· Work your creative muscle by writing often – but taking breaks – by consuming other content and by having a historical perspective on things.
· Live to write and let your writing dictate your day.
· Write today like you’re going to die tomorrow.
· Writing is love – so give as much love to others as possible.
May 2019 give you a new perspective on a better writing life!
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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent. This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.
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