What Writers can do When Facing Adversity
It can be tough for any writer to overcome adversity.
I mean, who can make a living writing, right?
Our family, friends, co-workers, they’re all making a living working really hard to make someone else a lot of money, so we should, too.
I mean, only kids can be creatives. Once we’re through the good old public school gauntlet, life begins and we’re either going to college or straight into the workforce.
And you better love it, because we’re going to be working for someone else somewhere between thirty-five and forty years.
All those hopes, dreams, and everything we “wanted to do when we grew up” fades to the wayside and we’re sitting in an office cubicle or subject to massive amounts of physical labor for our lives, never leaving the working to middle-class lifestyle.
And that’s if we’re lucky.
No! I’m a Writer!
No, you say to those trying to cognitively condition you into the negativity of their lifestyle, where you wake up, fight traffic, arrive at work at a set time, talk and eat when permitted, fight traffic on the way home, arrive at home, and prepare for the next day.
Such a repetitive lifestyle.
No! We say. We’re writers! I’m a writer, and you’re a writer.
Of course, here comes the tsunami of negativity.
Yeah, okay, Todd, you’re a writer.
“How’s that book coming?” they’ll say in a sarcastic tone.
“You get that book out yet?”
“Do you know anything about book marketing?”
Hey, back when I was looking to become a personal trainer while making minimum wage in a grocery store seven years ago I was subject to adversity.
“You think you can make a living doing that around here?”
“I’ve never met anyone making a full-time living off training.”
Yeah, I heard it all, and maybe you have, too.
I made a full-time living off training for six years.
I published a full-length novel, Northern Knights, two months ago plus two freebie novellas on Prolific Works.
So, yes, it is possible to make a full-time living off anything you wish.
The naysayers and haters are going to talk, judge, and ridicule.
But, do you know who the real losers are in the game of life?
Not those who try and fail.
But those who never try, sit on the couch and judge everyone else trying.
So no, you’re a writer and though writers face adversity, it’s important we power through the storm.
If no one around you is giving you support, or if a few are, the good news is there are many ways to overcome adversity.
For one, you need to find writers blogs, like The Creative Penn, where Joanna Penn shares her personal story with overcoming years of adversity before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur.
Jerry Jenkins also has several awesome articles regarding adversity, plus ways to overcome fear, procrastination, and writer’s block.
Refer to them and do so often. You’ll find so much positivity and motivation even in the hostile environment of the workplace, school, or wherever you’re feeling hostility. Such motivational blogs will become a solace, but it goes further.
Join Twitter and either rebrand your personal Twitter account into a writer’s account or create a writer’s account. Follow other writers, authors, and bloggers, especially successful ones. Author-entrepreneurs like Mark Dawson are perfect ways to find motivation.
Take a few courses that will teach you how to write, hook a reader, find an audience, and make money off the time you’re sacrificing into your work. Sure, these might cost money, but aren’t they more valuable than simply scouring the internet for endless hours for free information that doesn’t tell you everything?
I’m getting a yes because I’ve implemented all these tactics.
Instead of listening to those who’ve been conditioned into negativity, and what they’re doing now is all they’ll ever amount to, why not forge your own path of positivity, get out of your situation, and eventually make a living doing what you love to do?
By taking the information I’ve given above, you too can find motivation in even the most hostile atmosphere.
No Job’s Fun Myth
I’ve been hearing the old excuse since high school.
The excuse states if you’re having too much fun at work, you’re not a hard worker.
You’re not working. Hard work can’t be fun.
Because it’s work.
So, I have to not have fun while I’m working?
Yes, because if you’re having fun, it’s not work.
Because writing is work. Writing relevant posts to My Freedom Flame’s niche is work.
As writers, we have to research keywords, implement keywords into our work, fight to get indexed by Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and pray people find our work to drive traffic to our sites to garner higher rankings.
Writing is work.
What about editing, proofreading, copyediting, grammar checking, and formatting?
Isn’t that work?
Hey, it’s hard work, but why can’t it be fun?
Don’t fall for the myth that no job is fun and all work must not be enjoyable. It’s not true.
Writing is hard work. It’s long work, and if you want to properly drive traffic to your blog and books, you’re going to have to put time, effort, and energy into your work to get ahead of the competition.
If you want to be ranked on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, it’s going to take work.
The myth fun work isn’t hard is absurd and it’s another form of facing adversity.
Conclusion: Ignore Adversaries
Oh, you’re a writer, so you must sit on the couch all day, or by a pool in the summertime behind a screen, concoct ideas, and sell them to the public.
There’s no value in writing.
You’re not contributing to society.
Oh, please, I’ve heard it all. Guys, don’t fall for the old ruse.
Who makes TV and movie scripts? Writers.
Who constructs About pages on websites? Writers.
Who entertains with books? Writers.
Who makes newspaper articles? Writers.
Who designs content to motivate dreamers? Writers.
Don’t tell us writer don’t contribute.
Writers contribute. Sure, it’s a competitive field, but writers contribute.
Naysayers telling you writing’s nothing but a pipe dream are fooling themselves.
Don’t fall into their crowd. Don’t fall for adversity. Overcome it. Be a writer, and let the world know about it.