by Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Do I really have to discuss the stigma many people place on the thirteenth day of the month and how it is dark, evil and wicked if it happens to fall on a Friday? Sounds childish when I put it that way but there are many people who won’t go out on that day for fear their will meet their untimely end.
Before you roll in the floor unable to contain your belly laugh, what sort of untruths do you subscribe to that keeps the writer in you locked inside yourself? Here are a few common superstitions:
- I’ll never publish a manuscript if someone rejected it. Seriously? There are way more books in Barnes and Noble that were rejected—multiple times—before they found their way to ink on paper.
- I’m too shy to talk to an agent or editor. You have a voice. You have the ability to use it. You have the capability. So what if you quiver while you speak? Let your voice be heard!
- I’m not good enough. Think that’s not a superstition? Well, perhaps not but that belief will most assuredly keep you from moving forward. If you truly lack skill, take a class. Attend a writer’s workshop. Join a craft-ique group. Get the help you need.
- I can’t change genres. Really? Please don’t tell all those successful authors who either write for multiple genres or who have changed genres. Your first decision on what type of book to write may not fit your unique voice.
Do these sound familiar? They’re like the “black cat running across your path” and “break a mirror” back luck omens people believe, aren’t they? And yet, they are etched into your psyche. Your emotions. And if you don’t tell yourself the truth, they will keep you in on that day in the middle of your writing career month when you could be out enjoying your author Friday night!
Look, don’t believe those things. Let go of the superstitions you’ve come to believe about the course your writing journey will take… and will not. Embrace the truth that you can really walk this walk, travel the writing road successfully and have a wonderful and successful career as an author.
Just don’t walk under a ladder.
What writer superstitions guide your life? Which ones have held you back? Share them here!
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MagellanCoach.