If At First You Don’t Succeed You Probably Didn’t Prepare Well Enough

Now, hold up a moment, nobody get offended. Let me fully explain this before you make any judgments.

It was about three, maybe even four, years ago that I decided I wanted to have a blog. My friend Mailli Brown had one (Not this one I’m linking to, but one on blogger), I thought it was amazing, and I wanted one too. So I sat down, messed around on blogger for who knows how long, had a mediocre blog, posted one thing, and then it died faster than my mother’s house plants. (Sorry mom.) But I didn’t let that deter me.

Learning absolutely nothing from my mistakes, I started another blog and the exact thing happened again. And then I went through the whole process again. Yes, yes, I know. Sometimes I’m very stubborn and stupid.

I dropped the whole blog fantasy for a while and started writing. Three failed novel attempts later, I realized, “Huh, I bet they have books about writing that would help me.” Shh. I know what you’re thinking. It took her three failed novel attempts to realize that she should do some research?

So I went and read almost every single book the library had on writing. I read and read and read until most of what I read was just being repeated from book to book. And then I got back to writing seriously. And I actually finished the first draft of Magic Stones and the Reign of Chaos.

I did the same thing when I started this blog. I had just read How To Write A Great Query Letter and How To Land And Keep A Literary Agent by Noah Lukeman. (Both of which are completely free.) He emphasized how important it was to build your platform, the best option I had was to create a blog. But I had finally learned from my previous three attempts and knew that I was going to have to do some serious research first. So I did. And, as you can clearly see, I succeeded. (I think I did anyways.)

Would you please hurry up and explain the headline already? I getting to that. The point I’m trying to get across is that the reason I failed at these things, is because I didn’t prepare myself to do them well. Now, while it is true that nothing is truly a failure if you learn something from it, (and I did learn things from my failures.) I never would’ve got to where I am now if I hadn’t done the research, done the hard work. Had I just continued in my ignorance, I would’ve failed over and over and over until I became too discouraged and then I would’ve quit.

This applies to everything that you do. You don’t buy a house until you’ve looked at it, you don’t go on a road trip without researching your route and packing the necessary supplies, and you don’t start a novel or a blog without reading about how to do it first.

And I’ll be totally honest, most of the time, it’s not going to very fun. True, I’m a bit of a freak and read most of the books on writing for fun, but there were lots of parts where I just wanted to close the book and walk away. And I’m not even going to get started on how time consuming taking notes was, but it’s a good thing I did. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gone and flipped through my notebook to review something I learned.

But no matter how boring your research gets, you have to do it! You have to have a work ethic, you have to be determined, you have to have a goal in mind.

Now go do the work required to succeed at your passion, no matter what it is, and celebrate your every success.