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Why Resiliency is a Writer's Best Friend

Saturday, November 06, 2004
I don't think you can have a successful career as a freelance writer or author without being incredibly resilient. Bad stuff happens -- a lot. There are rejection letters, clients who forget to pay you (or who go out of business without paying you), tough business deals to negotiate -- and that's just for starters. If you don't have the ability to bounce back from the bad stuff, you're through. So what gets you through the tough stuff? Total passion for what you do, a powerful network of other authors and freelance writers, people who read your stuff and write you letters to say that your books who have made a huge difference in their lives, a desire to make the world a better place through your writing, and an unwavering sense of faith in the universe. (Okay, so your faith in the universe gets battered around at time, or lost in your minivan for days at a time, but most of the time it's there when you need it.)

Anyway, that's what I have to say about resilience and the freelance/creative life. For now. I am off to pour myself my first cup of coffee of the day. (Blogging before coffee can't be good for you.) But I'd really like to hear from the rest of you writers: what gets you through those particularly hellish days as a writer? (And I know you have them.) How do you resist the urge to fling your computer over the back fence and/or to apply for a job at McDonalds? Do tell....

| posted by Ann D @ 12:31 PM