“Coping with Unsupportive Support” the other day and it made me think about this indie author/self publishing world we live in. We all need those words of encouragement every now and then. That is why sites like Indies Unlimited and other groups in our social media circles are so important.
It made me ask a question to myself. Do supportive groups or
individuals help me reach my goal in writing? Maybe not. Before you all
blast me with negative comments, hear me out for a second. As Lynne
writes, “… a kind or encouraging word … is often enough to keep us
I agree that we all need positive feedback and support. But, that is
not why you’re here. Every one of us is here because we’ve achieved some
level of success in our writing venture.
But, I haven’t even published my first book,” some of you may scream.
Success is different for all of us … AND … success changes as you
grow. For me, my first level of success was writing one scene for a
novel that didn’t exist, didn’t have a main character, didn’t have an
antagonist, didn’t have a theme, concept, plot or any other thing that
makes a good novel. It was just … a scene.
Here’s what it did, though. It fueled a BURNING DESIRE to
do this. It lit a flame that we all feel—that necessity to put words
into stories. There’s no turning back. You are in. Like anyone else with
a burning desire to do something, I study my craft. I practice. I
rehearse. I research. I write. I write lots of stuff. I write blogs. I
write advertising copy. I write technical papers. I write reviews. I
write limericks. I write short stories, non-fiction, novels and even
thank you notes.
So, I say, “See ya later!” to all the naysayers and unsupportive
supporters. They will have NO EFFECT on my life, my writing, and my
outcomes. Because I have something that none of them have—a burning
desire to write. Success will come out of that in one form or another.
This past winter the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. That’s the
championship in American Football here in the U.S. for those of you that
don’t watch, care or know about sports. They drafted a quarterback in
the third round of the draft two years ago. The Seahawks passed up on
surefire future star quarterbacks to get the guy they wanted—Russell
According to the “experts,” Russell Wilson was too small, too slow
and not talented enough for the NFL. What the management for the
Seahawks found out was that Russell Wilson may have been all those
things, but he had a burning desire to be the best quarterback in the
HISTORY of the game. Russell Wilson studied more, worked harder,
practiced more, researched more and didn’t listen to the negative
“supporters” around him.
What does that add up to? Winning the Super Bowl in only his second
year in the NFL. Here’s the best part—he’s not finished. He wants to be
the best quarterback ever. Success changes as you grow. If you have a
burning desire, you won’t be satisfied with publishing a book. You want
more. You set the bar higher. You publish your next book. You attend
conferences and then you start hosting writing conferences. Your burning
desire pushes you past your fears of public speaking, talking into a
microphone or smiling for a camera.
Our social and support groups are great places to learn, create and
even get a pat on the back every once in a while. But, only your BURNING
DESIRE will get you to where you want to go. The
A version of this post was originally published on Indies Unlimited.
Jim Devitt is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling
Young Adult novel, The Card and So This is Christmas.
He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies
and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash
flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited
and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!