Freelance Writing Tip #35: Be Inspired by Others’ Success

Sometimes its easy to work in a tunnel, where you gauge how “good” you are as a writer by the milestones you reach in your personal career. The nature of our work, as I’ve mentioned several times, encourages us to put blinders on, only looking at what’s in front of our monitor instead of reaching out to a larger community of writers.

One way to motivate yourself, is to be inspired by another author’s success story. Successful authors can give unpublished writers hope. Whenever an author surpasses a goal or financial sales figure, it means that people are still reading, and it is possible to achieve that level of success.

So the next time you hear an author’s success story, smile and dream. Remember that that author could be you, but you’ll never get there if you don’t write. So turn their success into personal motivation, and keep your words flowing freely.

Monica Valentinelli is an author, artist, and narrative designer who writes about magic, mystery, and mayhem. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore near you.

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