30 Ways to Get Out of the Author Rut: Part IV

Look UP!

You are in a rut if you are thinking this, “I’ve reached a dead end.” Or, “I’m never going to make it.” The first thing to understand is that you are not going to give up. You were born to be an author. The sooner you stop feeding negative emotions into your head, the sooner you can get back to work.

If you made a choice to say something like, “I am stuck,” then you can also make a choice to say, “I am going to find a way to get through this and move forward with my dream.” Look UP, not down.

Actually, those negative emotions are just a reminder to appreciate every single day you spend as an author.

Look back!

Sometimes your failures and disappointments were guiding you in the right direction. Many of the things you did wrong, pushed you toward a better life.

Also by looking back, envision the first day you decided to write a book. How far have you come since then? (I remember my first day. My hands quivered on the typewriter.) I bet you are more comfortable today than you were five years ago. I can also bet that you are closer to your dreams than five years ago.

Look forward!

The direction you are heading is much more important than where you are today.

Stop saying, “Someday.” Decide to dress the part of an author right now and you will forever be out of a rut.

Here is the key to your success. Five years from today, readers will be looking for something different than is in bookstores right now. The author that understands this will be successful. The author that writes books today, that readers want down the road, will be wealthy.

Get rid of your fear.

The world has a knack for testing authors to see how committed they are. It seems that 90% of our efforts fail or are rejected. This causes fear. You feel that you should be farther along and begin to dread each day and then you begin to panic. Maybe you are short on money and cannot hire a marketing agency. Okay, what will you do?

Maybe you cannot get your book into every store around the country. What will you do?

Maybe you are afraid of approaching an editor, or agent. What will you do?

Maybe you are afraid that you’ll have to get a job, other than being an author. What will you do about that?

Look, research, pray, and do everything possible to find the answers to difficult questions. Dispel your fear and get out of your rut by asking, “What will I do?”

“He who asks questions cannot avoid the answers.” ~ Cameroon Proverb

“Some men see things as they are, and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?’” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” ~ E. E. Cummings

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein

Ron Knight  

(Part V of this blog is at www.authorronknight.com   More advice coming tomorrow.) 

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