To succeed takes patience, persistence, and passion. But how do we stay patient, persistent, and passionate throughout our long and often lonely writing journey?
Today’s author needs to be mentally prepared to battle through the multitude of writers that are appearing daily on the scene. I’ll share helpful lessons I’ve learned throughout my writing career, plus I’ll provide take home tips that will keep writers fuelled to keep writing, keep writing, and keep writing.
Why do we need INK-Couragement? Because much of the writing business is out of our control.
I can’t change the industry. I can’t change the way publishers or agents feel about a book. I can’t change the way readers feel about their choice of reading. But I can change the way I go about writing. And by applying my tips, I also prevent myself from dwelling on the negative and instead focus on the creative.
I’ve sat in the audience at writer’s festivals and seen the desperation on an unpublished author’s face whenever they hear from those in the industry. Most writers acknowledge that writing is a long journey, but in reality most writers are not prepared for the mental part of this journey. Writing should be enjoyable, or why do it at all?
Five things participants can expect to learn.
- How to find more time to write by saying no (and not feel guilty about saying no)
- How to turn rejection from a red light into a green light
- How to find your inner determination to keep writing
- How publishers and editors are thinking, and why you should think that way, too
- How to apply everyday situations to improve your mental stamina
Debbie recently ran this workshop at the ACT Writers Centre, here are some of the reviews:
- “Tips very helpful, broad range covered”
- “Insider info from a professional”
- “Positive presenter, good practical tips”
- “Gaining more information about content and options”
- “Lots of ideas and anecdotes. Workshop content was BRILLIANT!”
- “Lots of tips. Thanks.”
|[WFSC] Poster for Debbie Richardson Workshop July 2015|
Reviews from a few of the 12 attendees
“Very good – Well done!”
“The sharing of so much information was great – thankyou for your generosity.”
“Very informative. Great ideas.”
“Very positive presentation. Good hints on process when stuck. Objectives give a great start in small steps to take.”
“Great seminar. I enjoyed the presentation style, and it was much more useful and appropriate for my needs than I expected. ‘How to’ -motivated by real ways forward – a tool box.”
“An interesting presentation.”
“Found it really helpful as it made me think about the practical side of getting work published – it must be treated like a business. I realise how naive I was about the process.”
“Excellent presentation by Debbie Richardson. Very ‘feet on the ground’ about the importance of positiveself-view and the mechanics of writing, publishing, etc.”
“Inspirational – excellent presentation, came away with a plan empowered. Very positive.”
“Very motivating and informative. Lots of ideas to go ahead with!”
“All good – top notch.”
“Amazing. So many good tips for a beginner writer such as myself. I really needed the reality check on my priorities.”