Monday, September 14, 2015

Be Forever Positive by Peter Leavell

My brother’s terminal cancer has me feeling blue. When emotions this strong take over, there’s not much you can do but hang on. Writing’s been impossible, so I’ve thrown together what I’ve learned after 20 years of pursuing a successful writing career.

—Learn to write. Study books on writing. Listen to podcasts. Practice practice practice.

—Find the best sources for writing resources. Be aggressive.

—Don’t budget money to buy books on writing, and don’t budget money for writing conferences, and don’t budget money for caffeine and chocolate. Just buy them.

—Writing conferences are kindergarten for the starter and therapy for the veteran.

—Laughter can clear the room of even the staunchest sadness. As a writer, people are watching you. You're a public figure. Laugh.

—Grief, anger, hatred, frustration, joy…a writer embraces and analyzes his or her emotions constantly. Any strong emotion can be the writer’s friend if she knows how to write about them.

—Pray constantly. Pray for your readers—they have to read your writing. Pray for your spouse—he or she married a writer.

—Pray that what you love to write aligns with the market.

—Spend time with those you love. They’ll teach you more about the depth of life than a passel of books. But the time must be used carefully to coax out their humanity and character, so take quality time.

—Turn off the blasted TV. If you must watch TV, watch shows that everyone watches so you can keep up with what stories they’re interested in. And watch baseball. You can write when watching baseball.

—Be forever positive.

—The bigger the dream, the more details there are to juggle.

—Hope gives the writer wings. Failure gives her direction. Success is confusing. Coffee and chocolate sustain.

—God will do what He wants. Fighting Him is utterly pointless. So give your writing to Him and have fun with it all!

—Consider therapy before you write the first word of your novel.

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Peter Leavell is an award winning historical fiction author. He and his family research together, creating magnificent adventures. Catch up with him on his website at www.peterleavell.com, or friend him on Facebook: 
Peter R. Leavell.
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16 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry about your brother, Peter. And, yes, a writer can never consume too much coffee or chocolate.

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  2. Peter, so sorry about your brother's illness. Your post delves much deeper than some I've read about being an author. I appreciate your advice about experiencing deeply felt emotions and later drawing upon them when writing.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. After all these years as a man, I'm finally admitting that, yes indeed, I have emotions. Appreciate you reading...

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  3. So sorry, Peter, about your brother. Hugs from a cancer survivor.

    Excellent article you "threw" together.

    Robin

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Robin! You're an inspiration.

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  4. I, too, am so sorry about your brother and what he's going through. My heart also goes out to you and the rest of the family. The emotional effects of a devastating illness isn't confined within a bubble. I know you're all hurting right along with him.

    Yet, your wonderful sense of humor still comes through in this blog post filled with experience and wisdom. I appreciate the smile you put on my face with your articles here and the updates you post on social media. Praying for something that makes you smile today and lights up your face. :-D

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  5. Peter, I pray for your strength and your brother's health and comfort. My husband battled cancer, and in so many ways, I had cancer too during those dreadful months. The Lord has been good and he is now cured. But the days were so dark seven years ago...hugs and prayers. Your column today has meant the world. I needed to read it, and at this exact time! I had thought God led me into inspirational romance, but recently I experienced much heartbreak and it's hard to gather the courage to move on, But thanks so some wonderful friends I am getting there. Great post today. Best wishes, and again, prayers!

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    1. Praise God he's cured! I hope you keep writing, Tanya!

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  6. Thank you for sharing these lessons, Peter. Praying for you, your brother, and the family.

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    1. Thanks, Annette! Appreciate your prayers...

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  7. Thanks so much for those wise words, Peter. It's hard to keep smiling and keep writing when you're worrying inside.

    P.S. I'm not sure about the "writing while watching baseball" part. ;)

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    1. You'd just watch baseball? lol. Thanks, Angie, I'll keep the smiles going...

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  8. Peter, I'm so sorry about your brother. I love your statement, "Consider therapy before you write the first word of your novel." Wish I'd read that sooner!

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