Mojo…or Not

The annual Romance Writers of America Conference was recently in Denver. The conference was amazing – fun, fulfilling, and enlightening. It was time spent with friends, time making new friends, and time learning about others’ experience in this business.

I always come back home energized and I’d initially thought to put that feeling into this post. Hence the “mojo” title.

Until I looked it up. If the first entry to come up on Google is to be believed, mojo is:  “A magic charm, talisman or spell.”


I was certainly charmed at conference. And time with my Ruby sisters always weaves a spell of happiness around me. But an actual spell? A talisman to get me to write? Really?

So then I got curious and typed “Hard Work” into the ‘ole Google. And I got this:  “A great deal of effort or endurance.”

I don’t know about you, but the second definition sits a whole lot easier on my shoulders. While I’d never dispute the value of a little luck – and we all deserve our fair share – I’d much prefer to think that my ultimate success rests a bit more in my control. I’m not suggesting what happens to me so much as what I put into it. Which brings me to the last search I did. Quotes on hard work (because we all know I do love me a quote!)

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” — Pele

If you made it to Denver, I hope you had a wonderful conference, filled with inspiring time and an excitement to dive back into your work. If you didn’t make it this year, I wish that same excitement for you. I know I’ve said it before, but every one of us has a unique and wonderful story to tell. Please don’t let the world miss out on yours.

Happy Writing!




15 responses to “Mojo…or Not”

  1. Alyssa Henderson says:

    Great post! I was in Denver and totally came back energized…. but it’s still hard work. 😉👩🏻‍💻

  2. Heather McCollum says:

    I wish I’d been able to make it. So happy for everyone who did and had a wonderful time.

    And from someone who will NEVER win the lottery, I completely agree that hard work is the best way to true success.

    Have a lovely week!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Heather – we certainly missed seeing you but Maine looked GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Julia Day says:

    Yeah, this biz is a long-haul kind of trip. We just have to hang in there and keep trying.

    I also went to Denver and loved seeing my Ruby friends! But I’ve returned a bit overwhelmed by everything I learned. It was like a firehose, and now I’ll have to remind myself of which “sips” will be most beneficial.

  4. I wish I could’ve attended and soaked in the Rocky Mountain air, energy and Ruby love but I priorities kept me home this year. Maybe next year. In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging away a word at a time.

  5. Rita Henuber says:

    It is the hard work that gives us the sense of accomplishment. Work hard. Do your best. Never quit. And love every minute of it. Well, almost every minute. 🙂

    • Addison Fox says:

      That’s so true, Rita – that sense of accomplishment is such an essential part of continuing to push forward!

  6. Tamara Hogan says:

    Addison, I think you’ve made an important distinction here. “Mojo” seems to be something that just…magically and inexplicably happens, whereas “hard work” is something over which we as writers have direct control.

    I know which one I prefer. 🙂

  7. I completely agree that I come back energized – but also with a million things on my To Do list. It always seems to expand exponentially at conference – which is a great thing, because it shows me that I am empowered to DO THINGS for my career. Great point, Addison!

  8. I came back from Denver motivated to restructure my schedule and get to work. 😀 Definitely more “hard work” than “mojo” going on in my world right now, but I’m ready to tackle the challenges.


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