The conference that I went to this past week was business related, not writing. The speakers were about money management and business related success, but one thing that I've found is that the basic concept of "success" in one area can almost always carry over into other aspects of life. So I sought to apply and adapt the info into how it can relate to writing.
So, when I heard Dave Ramsey Speak on money management, there was one application that stood out to me. He showed a movie clip of a gazelle outrunning a cheetah. He likened "debt" to the cheetah. And said that to stay out of debt, you have to live gazelle intense. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, so gazelle intensity means that they have learned to outwit the cheetah by swift and cunning movements. To stay out of debt you have to run from it like a gazelle runs from a cheetah. A statistic that I heard was that a cheetah will catch a gazelle only 1 out of 19 times despite their speed and strength.
Doubt is the writers cheetah. That's how I figure it anyway. Between rejection letters, self esteem issues, negative comments from others, years of working and perfecting the craft . . . doubt is always crouching in the brush, waiting to pounce.
Great application. Right? The only problem is . . . how do you become the kind of Gazelle that can outsmart the cheetah? How do you get to the point after years of rejection, negative comments and hard work with no results, that you can still outsmart the cheetah. Either you're going to tire out, or the cheetah is.
Here's some things that I think may help stand the test of time. But these are all guesses, seeing that I'm still pretty new to the writing game. I can't boast that I've been a smart gazelle. I'm just a young one. Is my perseverance because of my immaturity in the game or will I be able to outlast the hunter? Will I pass the test of time? Who will win in the end. Me or the cheetah?
Anyway I'm guessing:
1) support. Either a writing buddy or a writing group of some sort. blog buddies :0)
2) a realistic attitude.
3) a love for the craft of writing.
4) dedication to becoming better.
5) finding an agent or editor or someone int he 'biz' that believes in you.
I'd love to hear from you guys. How do you stay gazelle intense? What's the secret?
The clip below is of a gazelle outrunning not just 1 cheetah, but two! Get a visual. One is self doubt, the other is a pile of rejection letters . . . hunting you, wanting to tear you apart and devour you. But do you fall prey? No! You run, dive, out smart them, you brilliant gazelle you! We ARE gazelle intense.