#1 Told Repeaditly to Stop Day Dreaming
Since when is it okay to let go of the very thing that separates us from the animal kingdom? A dog cannot imagine a new invention and change the world with it. Humans alone have this power. Think about it. Every major invention, every Fortune 500 company, every skyscraper was once a figment of a dreamer’s imagination. Don’t stop dreaming! Get back in the habit of daydreaming. (Maybe not while you’re driving.)
#2 Lack of confidence
Why, would anyone want to listen to me? Well, why not you? Who said you weren’t important? Who told you that you don’t have a unique perspective to share with the world? You are an event individual. Your experiences have shaped your perspective on life. No one else will have your particular perspective. Share it with the world. Be Fearless. You’ve got this.
#3 Lack of knowledge
get off your tush and get it. libraries are still free. Get a library card. Self-help books abound at second-hand shops and garage sales. Take the incentive and do something to increase your knowledge on the subject that holds you back. online courses are everywhere for every price range imaginable. 99 cent books overflow from Amazon’s dates on a daily basis there is no excuse why you cannot get the knowledge you seek. Just do it already.
Arnold Schwarzenegger says, “you can have excuses or results, but you can’t have both.” It’s time for you to decide. What do you want?
#4 Your “why” isn’t strong enough
Why do you write? If the answer to that question isn’t strong enough, you will fail 99% of the time, guaranteed. You must have a purpose behind you to push you through the difficult times. The business of writing is tough. The days of writing a manuscript, sending it off to a publisher, and then all of your dreams coming true have disappeared long ago. Whether you choose to be traditionally published or independently published you have to learn the business aspect behind being an author. This includes marketing. This includes advertising and sales, website development, social networking skills, and much more. If you do not have a strong reason behind why you write, then you will not have the incentive to push forward and learn all of these extra skills that are necessary to succeed as a writer.
#5 Past failures
Everyone fails. Every writer has been rejected. Stephen King got rejected 30 times before he was published. He went on to publish 54 novels and 200 short stories. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books were rejected 144 times before they were ever published and we all know how popular those are. JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before Harry Potter ever saw the light of day. Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times before his children’s books were ever accepted. Everyone is rejected so get over it. Move on. The winners keep pushing forward.