Guest Kat Cantrell: How bad do you want it?
Posted by Cynthia Justlin Feb 22 2013, 12:01 am
One of the many reasons I love and admire my awesome friend/critique partner, Kat Cantrell, is because of the way she leads by example. Her determination and discipline in going after her goals has taught me how to do the same. When I’m feeling unmotivated, she’s the one who gives me a kick in the pants. When I whine and say, I’ll never get there, she shows me the path. So, today, I’ve brought her to the Ruby blog so she can share some of her writerly tough love with you!
Thank you so much for letting me take over the Ruby blog, Cynthia. When I first started thinking about topics for today, I filtered through a hundred or so ideas about craft, because honestly, that’s what I think about all day long. Do I have enough conflict? Is my character arc arc-y enough? Did I start the story at the REAL point of change or the place I wanted to start because that was the scene I had in my head? Unfortunately, these are questions only I can answer and no blog post is going to solve my sticky problem in chapter eleven where I wrote myself into a corner…
So, in light of several authors I know who are taking stock of where they are in this game we call publishing, I thought I’d address the age-old question: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? By “it”, I mean ________, where the blank is what you hope to achieve when you sit down at the keyboard and pound out those words. Do you want to sell your first book? Do you want to sell another book? Hit the bestseller list? The blank for me is: earn a living wage from writing.
Fill in that blank, and then ask HOW BAD DO I WANT IT? (Yes, Grammar Police, I know it should be BADLY. It doesn’t have the same ring…)
We have to ask ourselves this question because (and this is the thing they don’t tell you), each time you reach a publishing milestone, there’s another step right after that. A higher step…and it’s even more difficult to achieve than the first one. Then, once you start climbing those stairs, the higher you go and the further you have to fall. Reviewers throw tacks on the stairs. Readers take an ax to the handrail. Bookstores refuse to carry your books, which is like disconnecting the stairs from the second floor, in my opinion.
You have to want it really bad to keep going.
It’s easy to give up. It’s hard to ignore all the noise. But if you want success, fill in that blank and remind yourself what you’re willing to sacrifice to get it. Here’s my shot:
I want to earn a living wage from writing and I want it bad. I’m willing to give up sleep, TV shows and wasting time on the internet. I’m not willing to give up church, time with my family or my friendships.
Put your stake in the ground. What do you want and how bad do you want it?
Kat’s latest Harlequin Desire, THE THINGS SHE SAYS, will be released in March!
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Her Knight in a Shining Yellow Ferrari
One wrong turn on a Texas highway and heartthrob director Kristian Demetrious is breaking his first rule: don’t get involved. Beautiful, sassy VJ Lewis needs his help—and a ride to Dallas. Kris wants to give her both….
Yet his career depends on arriving without giving in to the passion VJ ignites in him. And denying temptation gets harder with every mile. VJ insists the heart of a hero beats beneath Kris’s suave exterior—and she intends to prove it, one hands-on lesson at a time. Suddenly this road trip is taking a whole new direction….
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