Hi, folks, another week has rolled by. This week I'm going to talk about attitude. Your attitude is going to make or break your book. Your feelings about your success or failure are going to be in your work. You manner of working is an expression of your attitude. I think that's why so many writers say write everyday. This expression of perseverance says you believe there is end to your journey and that you are approaching it. You must tend to the manner of how you write. Are you only dashing off a few words at the end of the day or you carving out some choice time to get to your work? You attitude toward your work speaks volumes.
How can you shape your attitude in a good way? One way is read good books that speak to your soul. I know, writing is the best job in world -- reading novels is in the job description. The attitude of other writers will seep into as you read, so pick your books carefully. You will become what you read. Make sure you have a steady diet of the "best of the best" books. Another way is to think about the people who form your support group. Yes, you must have a support group -- no one is a island, and if your want masterwork, you must join to some kind of "crititiquish" group. Seek out attitudes that spur on the best in you. Avoid those who bring you down.
I think the best way to shape your attitude is to take the time to have something to say. Think deeply and consider carefully. Don't worry about publication but focus on story. Write something that shakes the foundations. Write something that rattles the cages. Write something useful. This attitude will keep you through ups and downs, and you will experience both. I find a push to always be positive and never experience lows actually stifles my work. I think it's not about being positive all the time, but about not being too self-centered. I'm going to call this an outward attitude. My words are not for now or just for me, but for the future and others. I put them on the page to make a difference someday.
Seek an outward attitude and write, write your heart out. I hope my musing today helps you. I really do. See you next week.
Today's doodle is called: "French Horn."
And finally a quote for your pocket this week. I like it because it calls for a good attitude...
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama