Irrefutable Law of Success #1–No Whining

More useful advice and ideas around using social media and the work you have to expect from yourself if you want to make it in this game.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

When I first started teaching social media to writers, I was new thus insecure. Often, I’d give advice like, “Well, if you don’t like it, don’t do it.” Bad advice. Hey, I’m learning and growing, too. There are a lot of writers out there only doing what they enjoy. That is the masses, the average.

“Average” is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, the worst of the best.” ~John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

This advice to only do what we enjoy might have flown four years ago (though barely). These days? Discoverability is a nightmare for all authors. If we want to do this “writing thing” long-term and be successful?


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7 Responses to Irrefutable Law of Success #1–No Whining

  1. HAK says:

    Thank you for sharing this article, it is very interesting (although I might quibble over the definition of ‘amateur’). Have you been listening to the series on BBC Radio 4 ‘The Sins of Literature’? It is very good and possibly RTYI

    • jcollyer says:

      I often find this blog useful, it’s worth a follow. I haven’t come across that radip programme actually, thanks very much it sounds interesting, will have to seek it out in iplayer. Thanks very much for commenting and letting me know 🙂

  2. A good article. It is true that we all wish to live in our comfort zones, for fear of what might await us outside it. I’m having abit fo that at the moment, and it’s getting to the ‘irrational fear’ stage =S

  3. Come to think of it, the adrenaline junkies are probably the only ones who like living outside their comfort zones =P

    • jcollyer says:

      It’s undeniably scary putting yourself out there to be judged, especially if it means plugging yourself using social media etc. And you don’t have to do it, it’s just, like she says, people aren’t likely to discover you if you don’t. But I think it’s a slow process and I’m not worrying too much about it just yet. For one thing, I have nothing to plug! If I get to the point when I have a couple of books out I’ll crank it up a notch. As for fear of putting your work out there, I feel that too, but above all I want it to be out there so that anyone who might enjoy it will get the chance to 🙂 that’s all I want, I don’t expect to ever make a living out of it.

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