|from The Writers' Cabal|
Isn’t that a great phrase? I think it is the definition of anyone who writes a novel.
Most writers have to combine many different roles within their close and extended family, in the work place and in the hinterland of existence termed: presence. How do they do all that? Strong belief: in their life choices, and the activity they have chosen to dedicate their time to.
THE THREE STEPS TO A STRESS-HARDY STATE:
Control: the choices made and the problems encountered are ours to control and to make happen. If your version of complicated is a mess of the-everything-necessary: keep all the ball moving and juggle!
Commitment: for writers success is not the base line, it is the goal. Improvement is the measure by which each day is judged. It is not luck, but tenacity and perseverance, that is necessary to make the commitment worthwhile.
Challenge: Positively relishing the challenges. Writers must see criticism and rejection as a setback and not a catastrophe. The development of skills and reaching out to others, balanced with giving back when others have help you, equals self-improvement.
These are the steps to being self-hardy, to coping with the challenge all writers chose for themselves – the brief version would be :
Think it. Say it. Do it. Be it.