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Hi, everyone!
Thank you so much for joining me today.
So this week's video is gonna be just a little bit different from what you're used to seeing on my channel.
I have been noticing something, and I really think it's important to address it.
So I figured today, instead of my usual
writer's advice video, and instead of a book tag,
or a vlog even, I just really wanted to sit down
and have a cup of coffee with you guys and chat, like the friends that we are
because I think the conversation that we're gonna have today is really, really important.
So if you're up for it, grab a cup of joe, or a cup of tea,
or whatever beverage suits your fancy,
and let's sit down, and let's get cozy, and let's chat.
Okay, so, here's the big thing that I've been noticing in the writing community lately.
There is a lot of discouragement, if you will.
There are a lot of people that I'm seeing that are having to, you know, kind of take a step back and reevaluate.
And I've been noticing that those people have just been feeling very, very discouraged in regards to their writing journey.
I'm not really sure why, it could be the summer surge that's going on right now.
We're hearing of lots of publishing news,
and of course, writing contests are popping up left and right, and people are getting into those
and not getting into those, and there's just a lot going on in the writing community, which is great,
but I really think that this time of year
also kind of brings about the summer blues, if you will, when it comes to writing.
And so, I wanted to sit down and give you guys a pep talk
because I think you need one,
and I am more than happy to give you one
because I know how amazing you are,
and I wanna make sure that you know how amazing you are.
So if you'll just bear with me,
I just wanna take this time to, you know, drink a cup of coffee with you and love on you,
and just tell you how amazing that you are,
because I think, as writers, we need to hear that,
and you need to know that, and you need to know that you're not alone in this process.
So, that's kind of my plan for this video,
is just to give you a little pep talk and encourage you,
and hopefully inspire you to keep writing and to never give up on your dream.
So, that's my plan.
I love a good cup of tea in the afternoon.
So let me first just start by saying that when I started this channel,
one of my main goals was to not only document my own journey to publication,
but to create a community where like-minded writers could come and find a family, so to speak.
When I first started writing Keeper,
I had one critique partner, a friend of mine from college,
and other than that, my writing community was non-existent.
I didn't have any writing buddies,
I didn't have any other friends that were writing books,
and it felt incredibly lonely at times.
And I remember just sitting in front of my computer so many nights and just crying
because I wanted that book to happen so badly,
and I just couldn't make it work,
and I didn't have anywhere to turn to for support.
So when I started this channel,
that was a goal that I had in mind,
was to really create a place where people could come
and find friendship and, you know, camaraderie, and understanding, if nothing else.
And so, what I really want you guys to take away from this video,
the first thing is, of course, that you're not alone.
I know that writing is incredibly hard.
Trust me, I know.
It is incredibly hard.
Writing a book is probably one of the hardest things you'll ever do,
but, you know, and I'm even looking at my sweet baby who's fussing right now,
and I'm sitting here thinking to myself, hmm,
what's harder, writing a book or childbirth?
And you know, I kinda think a book is harder.
Let me tend to him and I'll be back for our chat.
Alrighty, so the baby is pacified, and I am back.
So just to kinda wrap up what I was saying in the previous clip is that you guys, you're not alone.
I know that this process can seem incredibly isolating,
but I don't want you to feel like you have to walk down the path by yourself, because you don't.
There are so many of us who are out there walking that same path,
and in this day and age, when life and the world is just so absolutely crazy,
now, more than ever, we need to band together
and be a family, and support each other,
and encourage each other, and lift each other up,
because if we do that, guys, there's so much power in that,
and kindness, and friendship, and support, and encouragement.
So, please don't feel like you're alone, you're not.
I am here for you.
There are so many people out there who would love to be writing buddies with you,
and critique partners and beta readers,
so don't be afraid to reach out
because you're definitely not alone.
I promise, promise, promise, and I would not lie.
Would I do that to you?
I wouldn't.
The next thing that I wanted to kind of mention
is something that I myself am guilty of,
but guys, you are your own worst enemy.
You're your own worst enemy,
so stop self-sabotaging yourself.
Stop telling yourself that you can't do something,
or that something is never gonna happen to you.
I see so many writers who say, "Oh, gosh,
"I wish that could be me,"
or "Gosh, I wish my writing was as good as that."
Guess what, it can be.
If you work really, really hard, it can be.
It can be you, your dream can come true.
Like ah, like I just,
it breaks my heart when I see writers express that their dream is never going to come true
because maybe it's just my naivete
and my Disney princess mentality,
but I strongly believe that dreams can and do come true.
Now, I am not crazy enough to think that, you know,
it all comes down to fairy godmothers
and bippity boppity boo, and magic and whatnot.
I think it takes a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears,
but I also think it takes the right mindset
and the right heartset, you know?
You have to decide that you want it bad enough
and you're gonna do whatever it takes to get it done.
You guys have heard me say this before,
but dreams don't work unless you do,
and you really have got to stop sabotaging yourself.
Stop telling yourself that you can't,
because guess what, you can.
You can!
You can and you will, if you work hard enough and you fight for it.
I believe that you can do it,
but you have to believe that you can do it.
Guys, my publishing journey,
it's taken me 10 years to get to where I am today,
10 years, a whole decade to finally get to where I am today.
And is this the end?
Is this where I wanna be?
Like, is this the ultimate goal?
It's one of my goals to be published
and have my book in your hands is an amazing feeling,
but guys, I'm not stopping here.
I wanna be on The New York Times Best Seller list,
and I wanna go to Comic-Con,
and I want to be a writer that inspires other people.
And, you know, I'm gonna continue working,
and I'm gonna continue fighting
because just because part of my dream has happened,
it doesn't mean that I've stopped dreaming.
I'm gonna keep working and I'm gonna keep fighting,
and that's what you have to do.
You have to keep dreaming and keep working,
and keep fighting, and stop telling yourself that you can't, because you can.
So, try to cut yourself some slack.
I know that this process is really, really tough,
and it's hard, and it's insane,
and it makes you wanna punch yourself in the face repeatedly on a daily basis.
Like, we all feel that way,
but try to be kind to yourself.
Be kind, be proud of yourself and what you're trying to do,
and have a little faith, and a little gumption, and work for it.
Fight for it and believe in yourself.
Don't ever, ever, ever give up
because dreams don't work unless you do.
Another thing that I wanted to talk about
and mention to you guys is that I see a lot of writers,
when they hit walls, get really, really frustrated.
And they say to themself, "I'd never be able to do that"
or "I don't understand how to do that"
or "I keep making that same mistake "and I don't know how to fix it.
"I'm just gonna give up."
You can't look at it like that.
Guys, no writer wakes up and just knows how to write a book.
Maybe some do, maybe, like, J.K. Rowling or Stephen King,
or some of those freakishly amazing writers.
I certainly did not wake up knowing exactly how to write a book.
Writing fiction is hard, it's really hard,
and just like writing an academic paper,
or a press release, or you know, whatever, there are rules to it, if you will.
There are things that you have to learn,
things that are acceptable, things that are not acceptable.
What is the style?
What are the mechanics of it?
You have to learn how to do it,
just like you learn how to change a tire,
or do your hair, or put pants on in the morning.
You gotta learn how to do it.
None of us are just born knowing how to write, you know, best-selling fiction.
It just doesn't happen.
So, if you come across something that is really, really challenging to you,
I don't want you to look at it as a road block, as something that is stopping you from achieving your goal.
Look at it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
I am still learning.
Like, I am constantly coming across things where I'm like, oh, I didn't know that,
or oh, gosh, I can't believe I did that,
or wow, that's really bad, I need to fix this.
As writers, none of us are perfect.
There's going to be areas that you need to improve upon,
and when people point them out to you,
or you discover them yourself, or however it comes along,
you can't look at that as something negative, as something that's stopping you, a stumbling block, if you will,
because it just means that there's more for you to learn.
It just means that there are areas that you can grow and develop in, and that's okay.
That's just gonna make you a better writer in the long run.
So, you know, when you get criticism from a beta reader,
or your CP tells you that you have to cut an entire chapter,
please, please, please don't ever stop and say,
"Maybe I should just give up.
"Maybe I should just stop,"
because that's not what you need to be thinking.
You need to look at this situation and say okay, what is it that I need to focus on?
What is it that I need to work on, and how can I fix this problem?
Where can I find the answers?
And then do the research, do the work, put in the time, and fix it.
Grow, learn, and make yourself better every single day.
And if you can do that, then you're gonna be the writer you wanna be one day.
Like, I'm nowhere near the writer that I wanna be.
I have so much still to learn, and so much to work on,
and so much that I can improve upon,
but I am willing to take that challenge
because I wanna be the best writer that I can be.
And if you can have that exact same attitude and you can work and fight for it,
then it's only going to make you a stronger and more developed writer and person down the road.
So, yeah, there's still more to learn and that's okay.
So don't beat yourself up when you come across something that's challenging, or something that you feel like you can't do,
because we've all been there,
and that just means that we've all got room to grow.
And lastly, I don't even know if I've said everything that I wanted to say in this vlog.
I probably should have scripted it,
and should have just, you know, written it all down because I tend to ramble a little bit.
But guys, I just want you to feel encouraged.
I want you to watch this video and I want you to,
when it's done, to look at yourself in the mirror and say, "Okay, I'm gonna do this.
"I can and I will do this,
"and I'm gonna go do it right now,"
because it's an incredible journey to be on,
and I'm so glad to be on it with all of you.
And one day, when I walk into a Barnes & Noble
and I see your book sitting on the shelf,
I'm gonna buy it and I'm gonna read it,
and how amazing is that going to be?
And the world is our oyster,
and I just want all of you to keep believing that dreams can and do come true.
We're livin' in some very interesting times
and I think we could all do with a bit more magic in our lives.
So please, please, please, don't be your own worst enemy.
Continue to grow, continue to learn.
Reach out, make connections, and no matter what, never stop writing.
Never stop fighting for your dreams because I promise you, they can and do come true.
I want you guys to know that I love you all so much.
You've been so incredibly supportive of me and my channel,
and my little book that's coming out in January,
and I cannot thank you enough.
And I think this is such an amazing writing community,
and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.
And I hope all of you feel as welcome as I do because it's a great feeling.
All right, so I'm gonna stop rambling,
and I'm gonna go work on my WIP,
so as soon as this video ends, you pick up your notebook,
your character outlines, or whatever it is you need to get started.
You sit your bum in front of the computer, or your notebook, or wherever you do your writing, and you write.
You write till your little heart just feels like it's going to burst because I wanna buy your book one day.
So you get out there and you write that story, and I will be waiting to read it.
So I guess that's it for now, guys.
I hope this video meant something to some of you, and if not, well, well, cheers, I gave it my best go. (laughs)
So I will be back soon with some writing videos.
I'm slowly getting in the process of getting my schedule kind of figured out,
so more writing advice videos will be coming at you soon.
Otherwise, if you need anything,
you can leave me a comment below,
or you can tweet me at _KimChance.
I hope you guys are having a fantastic day.
Get to writing, and I will see you soon.
Bye!
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Don't Give Up on Your Writing: A Pep Talk for Writers

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Jerry Liu published on February 20, 2019    Jerry Liu translated    Evangeline reviewed
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