So said Nicholas Murray Butler. Don't know who Nicholas Murray Butler is? 'Sok. Neither do I.
See, I work out at the YMCA once every blue moon, and when I leave, they have a basket of sayings that you can draw from at random. This is the one I picked today.
Pretty wild, huh? OPTIMISM is the foundation of courage.
So today, I'm going to break away from the writing tips and tricks and stuff and get a little serious.
a LITTLE serious.
This quote really hit home to me and I hope it does to you too. What we're doing - writing and sharing our writing with others - is EXTREMELY courageous. These aren't just characters, they're our kids. And when we tell our stories to others we might as well be lifting our shirt and showing off our belly-buttons. Which, if you're like me and your belly button is a smiley face, is pretty embarrassing.
Optimism is what allows us to do that courageous thing. Without it, we might as well wad up our story and feed it to goats. If you don't believe you have the same chance as everyone else, stop. Just stop.
If you do believe that (and you DO have the same chance as everyone else), then write. WRITE DAMMIT!!!
...sorry, didn't mean to yell...I just get passionate, ya see.
Write like you don't care if you ever get published. Submit queries (intelligently, of course) like you don't care if you get rejected. Hold your head up high and talk of WHEN you'll get published, not IF.
And for the naysayers, store it all up in a big box marked "I TOLD YOU SO". When publishing occurs, break it open and smack 'em in the face with it.
I'm starting a new book today with that as the title. "The Strength To Stand Up. Memoirs of an Unemployed Man." People have...
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