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Those who become successful writers are not always the most talented ones, but they are always the ones who did not give up. They pushed through the tough times, they passed those who dropped out, and they made the decision to cross the finish line. 


Someone once told me:  

What you want becomes irrelevant without a decision.

This is so true when it comes to writing. I come across people all the time who say they want to be writers. They talk about all the things they want to write, or all the novels they want to finish. But they never do anything about it.

There are so many things I want. I want to spend a year in Alaska, I want to see the Northern Lights, I want to present at more conferences, I want to publish a short story . . . Are all of these things possible for me? Of course they are. I just need to make a decision to stop wanting and to start doing.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen created the Chicken Soup for the Soul empire. This would not have happened if they hadn’t decided to publish the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book. They also decided that NOT publishing it was NOT an option. So, they persevered. They didn’t quit after 20, 50, 100 publishers said no. When someone said “no,” Jack and Mark would say, “next.” After 123 rejections, Heath Communications gave them the yes they had been waiting for. They sold over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Is this the year you will move beyond wanting to write and make the decision to actually be a writer? Are you willing to do what it takes to finish that novel, write that article, start that blog, or find an agent? Are you ready to invest time in your writing, have confidence in your abilities, and push through to the finish line? If so, this is going to be a great year for you.

What are three things you can do to move from wanting to be a writer to being a writer?

Excerpt from Write Away; A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers
By Kerrie Flanagan and Jenny Sundstedt

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If you are a writer start the year off right with these two writing resources. 

Write Away A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers and Fierce on the Page. By using both of these books, you will be on your way to writing success this year!

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Kerrie Flanagan is the Hot Chocolate Press publisher, an author, freelance writer and writing consultant who enjoys helping writers achieve success. 

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