Are you discouraged, depressed, angry, or overwhelmed by your writing career?
Then he offered a list of about 20 complaints and said:
Each of the above complaints is a reaction to something.
Reaction is passive. In fiction, passive is a no-no.
TRUE! I hadn't considered the fact that having doubts and feeling frustrated and scared and rejected are reactions.
You got into this business for a reason. Reaching that goal involves action, not reaction.
Getting discouraged, depressed, angry, or overwhelmed isn't going to get you closer to your goal.
But writing, submitting, and promoting will get you closer. Even if you don't immediately see the results.
Don't psych yourself out of the game.
That's what I had been doing: psyching myself out. Sometimes I am productive and feel like I will make it, but other times, when I look at books in a bookstore or read about authors' victories, I get intimidated and discouraged, and end up telling myself that I'll never make it. But that's not true, and I have to keep moving ahead or else I will fulfill my own doomed prophesy.