Monday Motivation

motivateAfter I graduated high school in 1996, I enrolled in college, initially to become a Jr. High school English teacher. I got pregnant with my son in 1998 and in 1999, after waddling around campus like a penguin while pregnant and trying to juggle going to school, being a single mom, and working to support me and my child, I made the decision to take a semester off from college. It was 2001 before I went back to school and by then, I’d changed my mind about becoming a teacher and changed my major to Criminal Justice. Because I had been receiving financial aid and I’d quit, when I went back, I had to pay for all classes and books out of my own pocket, which took me longer, because I could only afford to pay for two or three classes at a time, in addition to the books. I took another ‘break’ from college from 2003 until the fall semester of 2006 (I got pregnant with my daughter during that time, so now I was a single mom of two)I made the decision that I was determined to finish what I’d started. I called my financial advisor at the college and was told I was only two classes away from getting my AAS in Criminal Justice. I took those two classes and in May 2007, I graduated with my degree. And after all that, I turned around and decided to become an author. LOL.

Moral of the story is, if you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to do it, no matter how long it takes.

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Monday Motivation

the-beautiful-thing-about-writingNot every book you write will become a best-seller. Not everyone will like what you wrote, and as a writer, you have to learn to be okay with this fact. Don’t take negative reviews and comments personal. Instead, just keep writing. Don’t quit and don’t give up. The more you write, the more you know and grow. I can remember back in 2014 when I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing cozy mysteries. I had this story concept that I thought was cute, so I sat down and wrote the book. Once it was published, and readers started leaving reviews, I cringed at some of the negative ones. It was only the second book I’d ever written, so I hadn’t grown my thick skin as an author yet. I took the reviews personal and even removed the book from Amazon.

Then, just when I started questioning myself as an author, a book club left a 5 star review on Amazon and Goodreads for the same book (because even though you un-publish it on Amazon, customer’s can still leave a review) In addition to the lengthy review they left, detailing everything they liked about it, I started getting even more great reviews from customers. I quickly learned that just because a few people decided my book wasn’t for them, they didn’t speak for everybody. Never let negativity stop you from doing what you love. Some people thrive on being mean and leaving nasty reviews, just for the hell of it. There’s no right or wrong way to write, and you have don’t need to worry about getting it right the first time.