We've been talking lately about how important it is as writers to "Never Give Up! Never Surrender!" No matter how much talent you possess, you won't succeed if you can't weather the disappointments and rejections. There are times you have to dig deep to find the mental fortitude to swim against the tide. And there are times you have to take that Never Give Up attitude to a whole new level and strap on the booster rockets.
On Saturday, I had the privilege of attending a workshop by bestselling author Brenda Novak on Metaphors and Subtext. Fascinating! I'll share some of the info I gleaned with you in a later post, but this blog is about a different subject. During the course of the workshop, one of my fellow chapter-mates told a story about a phone call she'd just received. The subject was:
Lies Writers Tell
Some might call this phenomenon a Can Do Attitude, but let's face it...it's a lie. And not the little, white, angel-winged sort. It's a BIG FAT LIE! Those tiny little voices in the back of our head are really saying, "OMG, I can't do that. And I can't get it done then. It's impossible! I'll never be able to manage it!" But our mouths say what all success-driven, self-prescribed writerly masochists do...we say "YES I CAN!!!" And we say it cheerfully and happily and with those great big exclamation points behind the words.
We do it.
Against all possible odds and laws of nature.
Because we're writers, and we know oh so well how to turn out a really good lie. Heck, we do it all the time in our stories. We do it when our total bastard male MC transforms into a shiny, swoon worthy hero--showing himself not to be an utter write-off of a jerk at all. We lied.
We do it when our self-doubting, defeatist heroine emerges as a confident, carpe diem goddess--her inner Amelia Earhart bursting through the shy bookworm illusion like football players smashing through a paper image of their mascot. Ta-da! We so lied about her!
And when we redeem those unredeemable characters, meet those impossible deadlines or complete those inconceivable tasks, guess what? Then it's no longer a lie. Then it's truth. Then it's success!
So next time you're faced with an impossible request, don't be afraid to tell a lie. Say yes. Say it with giant exclamation points behind it. Take that plunge. Then move the Earth and sky to make it happen. Because only then can you tear off the Clark Kent lie-tie to show the whole world that big red S on your chest.
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Speaking of SuperWriters, please stop back on Tuesday and Wednesday for guest blogs ~~ with giveaways! ~~ by two of SFR's SuperWriters:
A. R. Norris -- Tuesday, October 16th
Diane Dooley -- Wednesday, October 17th
Have a stellar day!