Wednesday, June 6, 2012

15 Habits of Great Writers: Believe

"Some will win, some will lose.  Some were born to sing the blues.  Oh, the movie never ends.  It goes on and on and on and on!"

~ Journey

How appropriate that such a song about believing in yourself was written and performed by a group called Journey.  It is a journey.  And it does require "scary hope" (as referenced in Jeff Goins' blog today).

On my personal journey as a writer I often have to remind myself of why I started this journey to begin with. 

For years, perhaps even decades, I had often felt strongly that there was a book in me...or two or three.  I would fantasize about book signings and opening up a box of books that I had written.  The problem was that I was not quite sure what that book would be about or what genre I was supposed to write.  But there was a deep longing inside me to be a writer.

In fact, I had many people come up to me throughout my life and say, "You should write a book!"  And my reaction was always, "About what?"  It was frustrating...but not to be ignored.

The point is, I was not a writer, yet...but I believed that I was supposed to be!  I held on to this dream inside me, knowing that someday I would know what to do if I continued to seek.  I had to trust myself...

It was this belief in myself and my desire that finally propelled me into the children's picture book world!  One night, a manuscript just happened.  Suddenly all of the pieces made sense.  The final piece of the puzzle was in place.

 It was time to put the belief into action and strat the journey.

Now somedays I falter and I question my dream.  But when I reconnect with that initial desire, longing and belief, I have what I need to move on.

"Don't stop believin'!  Hold on to that feeling!"

Happy Writing!


  1. Funny you wrote this Marcie. I felt similar feelings....I wanted to write for kids, that much I knew, but I think I had to get to the point where I was ready to do the other work that goes along with writing the manuscript. Well, the time is now. Great post!

  2. Now I've got that song stuck in my head! Ahh, the memories connected to it *Sigh*. The 15HoGW challenge is quite different from what I expected so far; glad to have fellow 12x12ers along for the 'Journey'!

  3. Desire is key! You said it so well. Thanks, Marcie.

  4. Once you start submitting manuscripts and the rejections roll in, it's hard to keep the faith! But, as I read somewhere - not sure where, the difference between an unpublished author and a published author is, the published author didn't quit!