“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and other build windmills.”
This Tray Hurn quote says a lot about the character of different writers.
A common denominator for all writers is that they will at one time or another be rejected and/or struggle with a story or an assignment or some type of content they are writing.
Another significant common denominator for writers is that they will most likely follow the ebbs and wanes of the writing business.
These changes can be challenging and how writers deal with them is what will set them apart from each other.
Do you put up walls when the winds of change blow your way?
When those winds of change come your way, it can be upsetting, especially if your income slacks off. But don’t get ready to jump ship or get depressed.
Don’t build a wall.
Instead, build your own windmills. Use your time wisely.
Things you can do when you find you have extra time on your hands or your manuscript has been rejected by several publishers/agents:
- Brush up on new marketing strategies. Go over you current strategies and see if you can make any improvements to wrangle in new clients or sell more books.
- Follow up with potential clients. If you’re a writer for hire, you should have a list of possible clients, ones that queried you but never hired you. This is the time to reconnect.
- If you’re an author, the first thing you should do if you’ve been rejected by numerous publishers or agents, is to go over your manuscript again. See if you can find room for improvement. If you’ve given it an honest, careful ‘go over’ and you feel it’s where it should be, start another story.
- Brush up on your writing skills. Take a class or a workshop, go to a writing conference, if you’re able. Always keep your writing moving forward.
There are always things you can do to move forward in your writing career. Build those windmills!
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