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CREATIVE WRITING – Writer’s Block, Giving Up, Burnout! – S.A. Barone

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CREATIVE WRITING - Writer’s Block, Giving Up, Burnout!

by S.A. Barone
No matter what you call it, writer’s block, burnout or just giving up,  you have to beware of them all if you are to be successful in your career as a professional writer.
According to author, Jack Bickham, here are some of the ways that people give up and therefore end up as failures in the writing business.
They put off new work, fearing new rejection.
They always seem to be ‘just too busy today.”
They wait for inspiration.
They claim they have too many distractions.
They get discouraged, lose confidence, and let fear block them.
They get angry and decide a cruel world is against them.
They imagine a conspiracy against them and their kind of work.
They blame fickle public taste.
They come to believe new writers don’t have a chance anymore.
They say they always have bad luck.
They use up all their creative energy in complaining.

The last one in this list seems to be one of the most important ways in giving up.  It takes just as much emotional and creative energy to complain as it does to write a few creative pages.  Those would be writers who whine and complain are burning off creative calories that might be better invested in the positive task of writing a new story.  Complaining and excuse-making represents negative energy, says Jack Bickham.

The optimists, doers, have a good chance of achieving their goals as writers.  The pessimists spend their time defining why they can’t get published.  Or why they can’t write a story right now, or why things just aren't right in the market, and on and on.

No matter how hard your struggle as a writer may become, as long as you are writing, studying and improving you will always remain in the loop.  Your ambition as a writer cannot be lost unless you choose to throw in the towel.

Here are a few tips that Jack Bickham lives by and several other writers that he knows.

You Can Sell Without an Agent
Publishers Are Looking For New Writers
You Do Not Have To Live in New York to Succeed
Your Next Story Will Be Better
Your Luck Is Not Worse Than Most
Persistence Will Win Out
The Struggle Is Worth Making
You Do Have Enough Talent
Anything You Still Need To Know Can Be Learned
Tomorrow Will Look Better

Write down all these tips on 3x5 index cards and keep them close at hand.  Read them several times.

Don’t forget that every famous writer in the world today went through dark periods during their struggle to be published.  Jack Bickham says, “Remember, there really are no overnight successes.”  Do not slip into the habit of complaining or making other excuses.  Don’t give up!

Also keep in mind that when you have finished a manuscript and sent it off to a publisher, it may come back.  It’s not unusual for a story to be rejected, often many times before a publisher will  giveit a home.
I can’t tell you how many times Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather, was rejected.  It was not only rejected by publishers but by agents as well.  Mario kept trying, and finally found an agent, Scott Meridith, from New York, when Scott tried to peddle Mario’s novel he too was rejected, about 30 times or more.  Finally a publisher took a chance and
published Mario’s book.  The rest is history!

Don’t give up, keep writing.

S.A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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