Writing is one of the few professions were merit is your credit. Where your ability to honor the others that come before you, allows you to increase your influence and networking.
One of the worst things you can have as a writer is ‘bad credit.’ The worst thing you can be labeled as is a writer that takes work without credit, or publishes other people’s work as your own, or whom is known to not ‘own your own pen.’
I know the process of writing can be hard, it can be thankless, and an easy out can [seem to be] plagiarism.
Don’t fall for that trap. You can do better.
Don’t ruin your writer credit.
With Love & Ink,
Note: The topic of ‘bad credit’ as a writer will be discussed is Season 2 of The Writers’ Block Podcast–which resumes on December 5, 2019.
When I was in elementary school, my teachers from third to fifth grade, when it was time to take a test, would say:
“Eyes on your own paper.”
This piece of advice can be translated to writers. Your work, is your work. It is powered by your own imagination, your own talent and merit. Don’t short change what you are creating because you may be unsure about its outcome!
As a writer, if you gave in to every distraction and hinderance, you would never write.
If you surrendered to every doubt, you would never write.
If you listened every doubt, you would never write.
The doubt comes to check your motivation–Who are you writing for?
Distractions come to check your focus–What are your writing? Do you have everything you need to begin?
Stephen King, the Master of Horror himself, says that the scariest time is right before you begin. I would have to agree. The scariest part will always be right before you begin! Even with outlines, support and research, or strong coffee, fear still creeps in.
It creeps in because it’s supposed to! Writing is always a little frightening. It will be disconcerting. It will scare the shit out of your sometimes–and that fear can be come a paralytic.
A writer with paralysis is like a swimmer doing the breaststroke with weights!
In order to free yourself from that paralysis–you have to write. Even though you’re scared. Even though you may have doubts. Even though you may be unsure.