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Creative Writers, Let the Universe Know

You’re a Creative Writer First

If writing is your passion, I have good news for you. You’re a writer before anything else.


Any motivational teacher will tell us the universe needs to know. I don’t care how absurd it sounds to people or how crazy they’ll think you are, because trust me, the everymen and women of our world will think so, and they encompass ninety-eight percent of the population.


You’re Crazy Enough to Succeed

Back in 1985, someone said a phone would tell us anything we’d ask it. I often ask people in their forties and fifties what their response would’ve been to the one staking this claim, and the answers are identical; they would’ve thought the person to be out of their mind.

You’re not out of your mind.


You’re a thinker and being a thinker means you’ve already risen above the status quo of slaving away to make a living at maybe a decent salary, but you’re still slaving away stocking the grocery aisle at a local grocery store.


Did you see yourself fronting items for a living making your corporate overlords a lot of money?


Sure, your store manager may put on the happy charade that he and everyone else is glad to be here, working away, slaving away, making a living, and gaining their family’s and friend’s respect.


But are you truly happy stocking store shelves for a living, regardless of the pay?


Right, didn’t think so.


Why not turn it into a motivation for writing?


Why not go out of your way to remind yourself daily that you’re a creator first, and more specific, a writer first.


Don’t ask if you’re crazy for being a dreamer.


Ask if you’re crazy enough to pursue your passion and not only pursue it, but have succeeded in doing so.


Avoid Haters



When you make the announcement that you’re a writer, the world will sneer back at you.


All those miserable souls in the grocery store, or wherever it is you work will be all too happy to give you a lesson in their own perceived reality.


Such perceived reality is they’ll say you’ll be stuck in grocery-land dealing with angry customers one, five, and ten years from now. They’ll say you’ll be stuck in your current job or managing a department if you’re lucky.


If you’re lucky.


They’ll say the company picks and chooses who moves up and who remains in their grunt jobs at the front of the store bagging groceries, ringing customers out, stocking store shelves, crushing bins, and taking out loads of garbage.


But, perceived reality is how we perceive it. If we’re conditioned into perceiving reality as nothing more than working in a grocery store, it’s all we’ll amount to. But, if we remind ourselves daily that we’re writers, we’re creators, we’re dreamers, we’re seekers, we can recondition our minds.


Rewiring the Brain

You want to know something?


It is possible to rewire the brain.


When Joanna Penn first started, she constantly reminded herself while commuting to and from her miserable corporate job that she’s a creator.


The brain, when exposed to constant repetition, conditions, or reconditions itself. Because those miserable souls working in a grocery store spend their breaks sitting outside wondering why such misery and rotten luck was bestowed upon them, remind yourself it’s not the case.


People who are miserable choose to be miserable. Of course, when brought to the individual, there are exceptions, and some people never catch a break, but when zoomed out collectively you’ll find most choose misery.


They’re conditioned, sometimes since childhood. They’re told it’s not in the cards to make a living doing what they love. They’re told the world doesn’t act that way. They’re told to make a living, they’re going to spend their lives slaving away for someone else.


It’s not true.


Writer’s Gauntlet

The writer’s gauntlet is a tough road, no doubt. I’m not going to lie, you’re going to have obstacles, roadblocks, adversity, and days where you ask why you’re even bothering.


The good news?


Such times never last. If we remember why we’re doing what we’re doing. If we can wake up each day, each morning, and can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work on our writing passion, we’re going to find ourselves getting more and more successful daily.


It’ll be a slow build, but progressive. With each passing week, month, set of months, we’ll notice the changes we make. Others will notice the changes, too.


The sneers and eyerolls will vanish and those who once panned you will look back in awe, admiring the work you accomplished.


You’re going to gain a following. Such a following is going to talk about you to others in a good light.


You’ll build a tribe, and you’ll be a known authority in a field you love.


One day, you’ll be glad you took the time and told the universe you’re a writer, a creator, a dreamer, a seeker, and anything else you want it to know.



Sometimes, it’s a scary process.


We’ve been conditioned to work for others, help our overlords see their dreams come true, make them a lot of money, and are expected to be grateful for the opportunity.


They expect us to credit them for saving us from living in constant poverty, on the streets, and a life of misery.


But when we see misery in the workplace, we realize otherwise.


When we see others complaining about waking up early on a Monday or Tuesday morning, fighting traffic to work, reminiscing about and looking forward to next weekend, we discover it’s not how we want to live.


It’s no way to live.


Worse yet, the remedy is tabooed, because such remedies require courage from you to take a stand and demand you’re more capable than what others are saying.


Have the courage to state with conviction that you’re a writer, command they listen to you, and worry not about initial backlash you face.


Because adversity often leads to beautiful destinations.







Creative Writers Must Overcome Adversity

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.

Guess what?

I made a full-time living off training for six years.

Guess what?

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.


Overcoming Adversity

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.

Why not?

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.

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