A writer shared this with me via email this week:
“I was about to give up. I said my new book would be the last. However, I love writing, and trying to improve. My friends say I’m too passionate. They don’t want to hear it.”
After working with thousands of writers and creative professionals, this resonated deeply with me. The idea that too often, a writer or artist is surrounded by people who are mildly annoyed that they are trying to create.
Today, I want to talk about who you need to surround yourself with in order to find success in your creative endeavors.
Step 1: Make an Appointment With Yourself
For someone who has a creative vision, craft comes first. Very often, this means devoting time to showing up for yourself. That’s difficult because most of us find it far easier to live up to other people’s expectations than to tell the world, “Sorry, I’ve got to write.”
On April 9th my wife and I welcomed our second child into the world. On May 1st, there was an appointment in my calendar at 5:30am that I had set months ago; it said: “Begin working on the next book.”