Today I have a guest blogger! A lady who I consider one of the the best writer buddies. Not only is she a phenomenal crit partner (seriously, my book wouldn't be getting published if it weren't for her) but she's wonderfully sweet, talented, and hilarious to boot. I'm talking about Michelle McLean! When she offered to do guest post on my blog I jumped at the chance. So, without further ado, I bring you Michelle:
I’ve learned a lot since my early writing days…both in terms of my craft and in terms of my attitude. I’ve had some incredible highs and some heart-wrenching lows. I’ve danced with joy and been so devastated by a rejection it’s brought me to tears.
The one thing I’ve learned that I try to live every day…it’s all in the attitude.
I can let those setbacks destroy my dream, or I can dry my tears, square my shoulders and get back to it. With a smile on my face and determination in my heart. If you really want something and don’t want to be miserable while trying to get it, there really isn’t any other option.
Forgive the Star Wars quote but that awesome little Yoda man just says it best – "Do, or do not. There is no try."
I understand that it might take a while. I understand that it may not happen for everyone. But if you want the end result, whether it be publication or anything else, it will never happen for you if you don’t press forward. And if you don’t have a good attitude about the journey, you are just going to make everyone, most especially yourself, miserable. Life is just too short for that.
I figure, "If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance." (Anonymous)
Michelle McLean is a writer and the Chief Editorial Consultant for PixelMags, LLC. In addition to her non-fiction work, Michelle writes YA historical novels and other children’s books. If she's not editing, reading or chasing her kids, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book.
You can find Michelle on the web here, follow her blog here, catch her at Operation Awesome, or follow her on Facebook!
Her book, Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers can be found at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Nobles.