Friday, July 24, 2009

No Magic Pill, No Secret Potion. Just Effort

'Don’t you wish you could wake up one morning and find your in-box flooded with assignments, your Amazon ranking a single digit, and your phone ringing with a call from Oprah to appear on her show to discuss your latest book? I know I do. But the odds on all three happening (together or singly) without some “sweat equity” on our part are slim to none. While it may look like others in our profession “hit the lottery” so to speak on a regular basis, chances are that they have put a lot of concerted effort into achieving their goals. Wanting something is great and important and necessary. But just wanting won’t make it happen.You have to work—with a capital W—if you want to see results. No magic pill, no secret potion. Just effort.'
--from a recent blog post (whose message, as you might imagine, we heartily second) by the Ohio-based writer Nancy Christie, with whom we're proud to be mildly acquainted (I once shared a panel with her at a writer's conference, and we're also fellow members of a writing society, ASJA). Anyway, we hope you'll stop back at Nancy's blog occasionally to sample from her thinking.


At 9:28 AM, Blogger Britta said...

Strange how themes from different sources intersect some days. My friend and mentor David Bailey will be on The Story today talking about the hard work of writing and paying your mortgage; if your public radio station doesn't carry it, head here for an audio stream today or an audio link later David was laid off from my company earlier this year and has been blogging his heart out, quite literally, as well as working very hard at several gigs. I think you'll enjoy hearing him on the radio or visiting his blog.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Britta, I know I'll enjoy it, based on your description. Plus, any mentor of your has to be quite a formidable person as well as professional. Thanks for sharing it.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

This comment reminds of the wonderful comment made by an aged blues musician, who had been discovered for the first time by the mass media:

"Yessir, it only took me thirty years to become an overnight success."

LOL That's some real wisdom there, if you ask me!

At 3:38 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'll second that. There's nothing less interesting and sometimes even more dangerous than early success. I think that's behind everything from the so-called "sophomore curse" in sports (whereby a rookie's succes is followed by much greater difficulty the next year) to a breakthrough novel by a 25-year-old. It can't help but send the subliminal signal that this is actually easy. Nothing worth doing ever is.


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