Before I get into today’s guest post, I want to take a minute to thank Amanda for having me. Amanda and I met on the interwebz a year ago or so. Since that time, we’ve belonged to the same Blog Chain group and traveled similar circles. She’s hung out on my blog sharing an interview or her words of wisdom. Most recently, she’s been one of my go-to peeps to swap an idea or two with. Amanda is a great writer with a fabulous future. I am so excited to see what exciting things happen for her.
Which brings me to today’s post – The Power of Belief.
I stumbled across the following quote while
“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have NO choice but to believe with you.” - Cynthia Kersey
The words struck a chord with me, reaching deep into some unspoken place.
...believe in yourself…believe in yourself
The words wrapped around me, seeping into my skin. The missing ingredient over the past few weeks. The differentiating piece between success and failure.
We can all agree that it takes good writing, good timing and a little luck to make it in this business. But it takes something else as well.
The infallible belief that YOU WILL MAKE IT.
That belief will carry you through the hard times, because yes – there will be hard times.
And that belief will force you to do what is necessary for success.
It will force you to improve your craft, create new stories, and revise until your eyes bleed.
Belief in yourself and your success will force you to find honest – brutally honest – crit partners. It will force you to see the stories in a new light, force you to jump into the deep end of the query pool as often as necessary to find that agent or make that sale.
These actions will make the world will stand up and believe in your success as much as you do.
One of my writerly buds used to tell me to Dream Big. I have a new saying…
“Dream big and have the strength to believe it will happen.”
Do you believe?
Christine writes nonfiction and fiction for teens and adults. Her upcoming release, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students (Prufrock Press, October 2010) deals with the often turbulent world of giftedness. When she is not working as a school psychologist helping adolescents deal with the transition to adulthood, or playing Band Hero with her husband and daughters, she can be found sipping a skinny vanilla latte at her favorite coffee house, writing her next book.