Monday, July 7, 2008

Give it a Go!

"The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized--never knowing." --Jim Rohn

A wonderful writer sent me this quote. A great opening, don’t you think? To me, these words speak to the heart. How often do we know exactly what we want, yet avoid the steps needed to move towards our dream?

I remember when I first explored the Tarot. Each card is laid out in a specific pattern, according to the pattern that is chosen. Within the Celtic Cross spread, there is a position I find most intriguing.

“Hopes AND Fears.”

Interesting, eh? What we yearn for most is often what we most fear. For many of us here, the art of putting words to paper, crafting a story, seeing our story in print, and achieving lasting success is our greatest dream… and our biggest fear.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." --Theodore Roosevelt. Chicago, IL, April 10, 1899.

We are a special breed. There is no instant gratification for writers. Each page takes time. Each edit requires painstaking focus and the hours just slip away. The queries need to be written and we’re reminded to not expect a reply from the agent or editor for weeks, maybe even months. We develop patience and the ability to laugh at our worries. We have to. We Are WRITERS. Writers must write. Lest we ‘spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized--never knowing.’

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

We also develop a core of optimism and confidence that surpasses all others. We have to. Each tomorrow is a brand new day, and dang it, we’re going to make the most of it!! Woo-hoo!

Awhile back, hubby and I watched this incredible DVD about the 2006 TED conference. This is a conference of the best and brightest, the most innovative thinkers of our time. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration.

Sir Ken Robinson gave an amazing talk about education. He is an incredible speaker, witty and articulate. He spoke of how children are more open to taking risks, to “give it a go.” Here’s a snippet from Sir Ken:

I heard a great story recently about a six-year-old girl in a drawing lesson. The teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention in class, but during this lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated.

She asked the girl, "What are you drawing?"

And the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God."

The teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like."

The girl said, "They will in a minute."

What all children have in common is that they will take a chance. They're not frightened of being wrong. I don't mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. But if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong. –Sir Ken Robinson

To me, this is the essence of what need to realize. We need to “give it a go.” Take that chance. Live that dream.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow." --Helen Adams Keller

Here we are, at the beginning of a lovely week. A week full of promise and hope. A week brimming with ideas and inspiration. A week to take chances, to “give it a go.”

But wait! Nobody REALLY knows what a successful, multi-published author Looks Like. *grin*

Well… they will in a minute. *wink*

Let’s set our goals!

After a looong weekend, I want to pump up the energy.

Goals:
15-25 pages
Weekly essay
Another go at the query
Write, write, and write some more!

What goals are you setting?

Hope everyone has a wonderful, productive, and inspired week.

Let’s Give It A Go!

Smiles,
Chiron

10 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh, Chiron, you have no idea how much I needed your post today. I talked to my sister over the weekend, and I asked if she and my nieces had read any of my blog entries. My sister told me one of her daughters said, "Why should I look at her website when I don't read romances?" I was so hurt and mad that I wrote my blog entry on the stigmitism of romance. Fortunately, you come along and give me your quotes to make me wan to keep going.

Hugs,
Sandy

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Chiron,
Great article, very motivational.
Regards
Margaret Tanner

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Chiron,
Nice post and so true. How many times have we said, "I wished I'd tried to this or that?"
Linda

Tiffany James said...

Chiron,

Aaahhh! I love your little weekly pep talks...

I am a perfectionist...yeah, I'm laughing out loud, too. Makes for some crippling expectations for life in general, and as if that wasn't hard enough, I had to decide I wanted to be a writer! That is where my healing lies, though, I'm sure of it. I can feel the bonds breaking away even as I read a rejection to a recently sent query... Hey, I didn't spontaneously combust...my query was rejected (therefore it must not have been perfect). I was rejected but I didn't melt into a pile of mush ala the wicked witch...I can do this!

And like you said - it is a new week, full of promise and the chance to:

Try.
Fail.
Try again.
Fail better.

Tiffany

Inspire said...

You always bring us back to the basics. Thank you for another great post. My goal this week, is to go back to the novel I started writing a while back, but got interrupted and drawn away from due to other circumstances...such as revisions on the previous historical.

By the way, Part II for The Writer's Portfolio is up on my blog.

You are the Best!

Chiron said...

Sandy,

Boy, oh, Boy... (((HUG))) That must have stung. I had a similar incident with a long-time friend who actually Shuddered at the mention of romance. What's wrong with these people?

Your blog post was brilliant and touched on some great points.

You keep on writing! And tell your sister (and nieces) that romance is still the hottest selling genre. So there!

Hugs,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Thanks so much, Margaret, for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

Smiles,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Linda,

Too many times!! Yes. I still remember many, many years ago when a friend commented on a conversation she'd had with someone.

"I wish I played piano."

"Well, why don't you take some lessons?"

"Oh, it'd take five years just to get good."

My friend's response, of course, was to point that those five years would pass whether she learned piano or not. *smile*

So why not, "Give it a Go?"

Smiles,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Tiffany,

You hang in there!! About inventing the light-bulb, Edison said, "We now know 1000 ways NOT to make the lightbulb." *grin*

And keep in mind that Harry Potter was rejected by many, many publishers before finally being picked up.

Here's the three qualities every writer must embrace:

Passion, Patience, and Persistence.

You can do it!!

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Hi there, Rita!

Have fun and happy writing with the novel. See it as a perfect way to step away from the revisions and clear the mental palate. *smile*

I'll definitely check out Part II of "The Writer's Portfolio." Your blog is a Must-Read!!

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron