(I wrote this post first off as part of a daily post just over a year ago. But I think bringing it back now might help a little here in the middle of these posts geared to help you all make decisions for the new year and set goals. Might want to figure out your own beliefs about publishing and writing before firing up in 2017.)
I thought I should quickly just put my beliefs on the table about writing and publishing. I hope these are clear here on this blog most of the time.
1… I believe anyone with the desire and drive can learn how to write and sell professional-level stories. It takes time, there are no shortcuts, but it is possible. Everything I talk about is toward long term career writers and helping writers make sane decisions in that direction.
2… I believe that education on business and craft is a continuing process that never ends for writers. Sadly, many writers get to a place where they think they don’t need to learn anymore, usually prefaced with some excuse like “it will hurt me.” I believe those writers are doomed in short order.
3… I believe writers should write what they want. If that is chasing the most recent fad, fine, if it is what the writer wants to write. But most times writing what we want is from our passion and often doesn’t match a recent trend in sales.
4… I believe that if you don’t quit, keep writing to passion, keep learning, eventually the money and career will come. The learning along the way has to be in both the business and the craft.
5… I believe that any writer who wants to be taken care of by someone else in publishing is a fool and will be taken care of eventually, but not in the way they want. If you don’t want to learn the business you want to work in, I believe you have passed from fool to pure idiot.
6… I believe a writer’s dreams are very, very important and worth time, money, and energy to help along. I believe that people around us who try to hold us back should be booted out the door, even if they are family. Sometimes a writer’s dreams, in my opinion, are worth more than the family who want to hold you back. (see #7 below before you yell.)
7… I believe children are more important than anything, including your writing dreams. Pay attention to your children. You can write when they are gone. Writing will always be there, children will not be.
8… I believe in helping other writers move along the road they want to walk. I have no desire to have people walk the road I have walked. I did it my way in my time. Do it your own way in your time. That’s what I try to help you with.
9… I believe a writer should be paid for their time and skill and craft and years of learning. In the same breath, I do not think a writer should ever devalue their own work, even as a beginner. Actually, especially as a beginner.
10… I believe the saddest people on the planet are the people who have not had the courage to move toward their own dreams and have let crappy jobs and bad friends and family hold them back. Fear of learning, fear of change, fear of risk are tragic when they get in the way of chasing your dream.
All just my beliefs and opinions. For what they are worth.
Hope they help you in setting goals for 2017.