“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
― Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn said it best. Always, always, always believe in yourself. People will come and go, things will come and go, jobs will come and go, loves will come and go. The one thing that is constant? You. You will always be with you. Never give up. Never stop learning, loving, dreaming, striving, growing. If things are not as you want them, then work at how to make those things different. No matter what you do or who you are, you need to evaluate where you are and where you’re going.
For authors, it’s even more important that we recognize this and do it. It is so easy for a writer to get lost in the world they create; that doing what is necessary in the world in which they live can be the challenge.
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~~Struggling with writers block? Take a sabbatical and read, read, read. Books that you are interested in is a good start; however, read other authors blogs, search the internet for articles on writer’s block, etc. Seek a solution. By taking time away from what you are struggling with you open your mind to free itself from the block. You’d be surprised what happens when you give yourself permission to rest.
~~Struggling with loneliness? (Yes, number one ailment of authors) Reach out, join a readers group, join online author groups, take a class (preferably one related to improving your craft.) You are the only one who can fix the lonely issue. You can be married, have kids and a busy life and still struggle with loneliness as a writer. Seek other like-minded individuals. We really like masterkoda on Facebook. This group is comprised of writers, editors, publishers, readers, and radio hosts. They are by far, the best group you will ever belong too. For inspiration, support, encouragement, advice, and more join masterkoda on Facebook today.
For all of us, it’s a matter of choice. Choose to be kind to you; to increase your knowledge every day; to love those around you with passion; and to always, always, always believe in yourself. Some days, you are all you have.
Blessing, K.R. and T.L.