So much of writing successfully depends on self-motivation and self-worth. So many writers struggle with these issues…both beginning writers and talented, established writers. I’ve seen writers give up on their writing projects and their dreams. Sometimes they become so paralyzed because of these struggles that they can’t even finish an 800-word manuscript from beginning to end.
I’ve led critique groups and writer groups for over 25 years and I’ve seen writers at all ages and stages struggle with these issues. I’ve struggled with them myself. That’s why I’ve developed a method that helps me be motivated and find worth as a writer and that’s why I’m passionate about helping others like you do the same.
My method is called THE TRIPLE CROWN OF SUCCESS. I talk about it in depth in Chapter 5 of my how-to book for children’s writers, Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career. It’s a method I started using early on in my writing career that helped me gain a solid footing in this industry. It’s a method I still use today.
In fact, I’m using this method as I’m moving forward along this journey to write an 800-word nonfiction picture book from beginning to end. That’s why I wanted to share this with you today so you can use it, too, and experience success like you’ve not yet done before.
The million dollar secret to the Triple Crown of Success is this:
Use three separate strategies to meet three separate goals.
Goal #1: Earn Income
I just finished one book deadline last week and last week I also signed a contract for a new book deadline in April that I’m going to write. This week I’m expecting to receive yet a third contract for a new book deadline after that. I’m landing contracts before I write the books so that I’m earning income while I write. This is the strategy I use with the Triple Crown of Success for the goal of earning income.
Goal #2: Get Published
I have two deadlines this month for this goal. One is to write an article for an online writing-for-children’s column I contribute to. The other is for a children’s magazine where I’ve been assigned a topic on spec. Both of these will give me published credits this year even tho there is little or no income involved. This is the strategy I use with the Triple Crown of Success for the goal of getting published.
Goal #3: Personal Fulfillment
I always like to be working on a separate manuscript for the goal of personal fulfillment. That’s what this nonfiction picture book manuscript is for me. I don’t have a signed contract. There’s no guaranteed income for this manuscript. It probably won’t get published this year…picture books take a long time to get published.
The benefits of choosing to work on this nonfiction picture book for the goal of personal fulfillment are many. For starters, we can stretch our writing muscles and explore new avenues. We won’t feel we’re wasting our time in hours of research because we’re pursuing this project without stressing out over its financial worth or whether or not it will get published.
We can really dive in and grow as a writer through this whole experience. This can really free you up in areas you may have struggled with before.
I recommend that you classify your nonfiction picture book as a project you’re doing to pursue the goal of personal fulfillment as a writer. No strings attached. Sure, if it eventually gets published, great! And sure, if it eventually earns a nice income, super! But for now, choose other manuscripts and other strategies to work on for the goals of earning income and getting published. You can discover self-motivation and self-worth as a writer working on this nonfiction picture book project for the goal of personal fulfillment as a writer. And that will help you stay motivated and find worth as a writer so that you can finish the first draft from beginning to end!