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How to be a successful writer: the one distinguishing factor

Your book proposal bombed…again.

Someone else already published your book idea.

You can’t find the time to write.

Do you feel like your beautiful dream of publishing a book is slipping through the cracks of an unforgiving publishing industry?

I’m convinced writing is far more about mindset than about talent or a fancy book proposal.

The truth is, results don’t make a successful writer.

A successful writer dares greatly, no matter the results.

A successful writer stands up after every rejection.

A successful writer views her words as worship for her Creator.

A successful writer doesn’t quit.

The only difference between a writer who makes it and one who doesn’t isn’t talent, a giant social media following, or thousands of email subscribers.

It’s the writer with grit.

Teddy Roosevelt put it best:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,

whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly;

who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

but who does actually strive to do the deeds;

who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;

who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,

and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Keep going, friend. I know you’re not a cold and timid soul. You’re daring greatly for the kingdom of God, and it will not go unnoticed.


Hey, I'm Mikaela. 

I'm an editor and writing coach. 
Want to overcome the panic of a blank page? 
Discouraged by negative thoughts? 
Want to improve your writing? 
I'd LOVE to help you. 
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