All writers are unique. Yet, best-selling authors deviate from what most authors do.
Can you see where you need to grow in the following?
1. They are intent on seeing the world.Zombies are analogies to modern living.
Most of humanity hurries through the day in a fog,
looking only for what they need in order to survive or
to get ahead of the next guy.
Hemingway wrote that prolific and successful artists are students of the world around them.
They pay attention because stories worth capturing are happening all the time right next to them.
They just see it where others don’t.
Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare.
2. They know how to beat Inertia.Inertia is that insidious force that works to stop creativity, progress, and beauty.
You can’t see it, touch it, or smell it, but every artist is intimately acquainted with Inertia.
Inertia's father is DOUBT.
“You’re tired, you can do it tomorrow.
You’re really not that good. You could spend ten years slaving away
and chances are it’ll all be for nothing.”
Inertia is the enemy. Success comes from writing the next word, the next,
and the next until a page, a chapter, finally a whole book is written.
3. They know how to take a punch and keep on coming.In CON AIR, there is a scene where Nicholas Cage' s friend who has been shot murmurs,
"There ain't no God."
Nicholas Cage gets up slowly, and when asked what he is going to do, he says low, "I'm gonna show him there is a God."
A convict shoots him, but he keeps on coming, putting the con down.
That is what best selling authors do.
Creating art is hard, often lonely work. Most people don’t have the stomach for it.
They think they do, but they don’t.
There are probably more half-written novels, uncompleted paintings, and abandoned businesses in the world
than there are completed and successful ones.
The pros live with the fact that this whole deal called art is brutal
and, if they want to be an artist, they have to endure the pain
and keep on coming.
They have an ability to keep their head down and trudge forward when everyone else has given up and gone home.
4. To them there is no fail.To best selling authors there is no fail --
only needful lessons to be learned and the right publisher to be found.
Artists with passion do not hear “fail”.
They don’t understand it. Of course their idea is possible. Everything is possible. They believe it.
Whether or not it turns out to be true doesn’t really matter.
Genius is seeing the inevitable before everyone else, possibilities before they're even a consideration.
Sometimes it may be delusion, ego, or attitude.
But most of the time it’s simply seeing the world for what it could be
and expecting nothing less than passion and eventual success.
Edison, Einstein, the Wright Brothers ... they refused to admit defeat
and so light, dreams, and flight
Rudy has always been told he was too small to play college football, but his dreams were too big to accept defeat: