• Blog Stats

    • 489,431 Reads
  • Contact Me

    joanyedwards1@gmail.com
  • Pub Sub to Publishers or Agents

  • Joan's Elder Care Guide Third Place, Favorite Non-Fiction Book in 2016, P&E Poll

  • Buy Now: 4RV Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Park Road Books

  • Draft cover

  • Copyright Notice

    Copyright © 2009-2017
    Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors.

    Active since 0ctober 9, 2009. Thank you for reading and leaving comments on my blog.

    Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this
    material without express and written permission
    from Joan Y. Edwards is strictly prohibited.

    Excerpts and links may be used, provided that
    full and clear credit is given to Joan Y. Edwards
    with appropriate links to the original content.

Do You Need to Wear a Special Writer’s Hat?


Image Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards  Do You Need to Wear  a Special Writer's Hat?

Image Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards
Do You Need to Wear a Special Writer’s Hat?

“Do You Need a Special Hat to Write?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Image Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards
Do You Need a Special Hat to Write?

I’ve heard that a writer needs a special hat to wear when he is writing. Do you wear a special hat to write? Do you think you need one? What do you think? Perhaps you need a hard hat. Sometimes, you may feel like you need a bullet-proof vest and helmet to filter negative criticism. The trouble is when you wear such a bullet-proof helmet and vest, you stop the bad things from going through, but you also stop the good things from going through. Even when wearing a bullet-proof vest, the impact of the bullet may be enough to knock you down.

I suggest instead that writers need a transformer shield around you to filter the words of rejection and criticism and translate them into words you can use to better yourself and get to your goal. You want these words transformed into words that inspire you to reach higher. You want words, beliefs, and actions that enable you to grow in your personal and writing skills, too.

Just like a character in one of your books, you have inner and outer conflicts getting to the publication of your work. Keep a journal. Write down your feelings and body reactions to the comments of editors and agents. Then put these descriptions into your writing. If your negative words and actions and those of others are put into the filter and stirred in with God’s graces and blessings, they come out in words and actions that mold you into a stronger person and a better writer.

Realize that just because one person says something bad, that doesn’t make it true. It is one person’s opinion. It does not make the statement a fact for you…unless you believe it.

One publisher says, “This doesn’t mean our needs.” There is a publisher for your story. It might not meet one publisher’s needs, but there is a publisher for your story. Search and you will find it. Look for a publisher of similar books and explain how your book has a clever twist to it.

One editor says, “The market for this book is too small. We won’t make any money on it, therefore we won’t print it.” There is a small publisher or magazine editor who will take a chance on your small niche publication. Look for ways to show that even this small niche will have thousands of potential readers. It can make more money than anyone ever imagined from it. Search and you will find it.

If a special hat helps you believe more in yourself, choose a hat. Believe in you and your stories. Believe in your writing no matter what other people say. Believe in you and your stories, especially when no one else believes in them. Believe in them, no matter what your circumstances are. Treasure your stories. Clothing may make the man, but inner belief, writing skills, perseverance, and determination make the story. Hone your skills. Keep writing. Keep submitting. You will be published again and again.

I hope I’ve encouraged and enlightened you. However, if you still feel you need a bullet-proof vest and helmet, read the article “How Can A Bullet-Proof Vest Stop a Bullet?” by Richard M. J. Renneboog. You can also check out the helmets at the following link: http://www.blackarmor.com/Vest/Helmet.htm.

I’d love for you to leave a comment.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide release June 2015 by 4RV Publishing.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Would you please like my Facebook Author Page?

Copyright 2010-2013 © Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

I revised this from an earlier post: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/a-writer-needs-a-bullet-proof-vest-and-helmet/ from August 15, 2010. I also posted it on the 4RV Art & Newsletter. You might find posts there to help you improve your writing and marketing, too.

Advertisements

4 Responses

  1. Joan,
    I’m ordering my own transformer shield today. I plan to wear it 24/7–when I’m writing and when I’m not.

    Like

    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. The transformer shield comes in all of your favorite colors. It can be worn 24 hours a day. I know you will enjoy it.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

      Like

  2. What a fun post, Joan! It is definitely important to remember not to take rejection personally. Thank you!

    Like

    • Dear Becky,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad this article was fun for you to read. You are right. It is definitely good not to take rejection personally.
      Never Give Up
      JoanY. Edwards

      Like

I love hearing from you. To subscribe to comments, check the box below. Children 14 & older may comment (COPPA Law).

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: