4 Reasons Tenacity Is #1 Quality Authors Need for Success
When you think about the fact that only two percent of all the people who say they want to write a book–81 percent of the U.S. population–ever become authors, you begin to realize it’s not so easy to actually sit down and knock out a manuscript let alone publish a book. Those who actually achieve this goal have a special quality, and it has nothing to do creativity or writing skill. They possess tenacity.
Why Do You Need Tenacity?
A tenacious person is describe as one who isn’t easily stopped, who is stubborn or persistent, and who holds or grasps firmly to things. This is an important quality to have if you want to write a book. Let me tell you four reasons why this is true:
- You must write even when you don’t want to or feel you can’t. If you only write when you feel like it, when inspiration hits or when you feel you can, you won’t ever get that manuscript done. But if you are a tenacious writer. You write on a regular schedule and make yourself write. (Yes, you can do that…) No matter what, you get your writing done—sometimes even when you are sick! I’ve known writers to sit in hospital beds with their computers, and I was at mine just a day after my daughter was born.
- You must write even when you don’t think you have time. Lack of time is the most-often cited excuse for not writing. You can always find time for the things you want to do. If you are a tenacious writer, you will find a way to write…no matter what. You might stay up later or get up earlier. You might hire a baby sitter, record your favorite TV shows and only watch them on the weekend (or stopping watching TV altogether), write on your lunch break, or devote two weekends a month to writing. You don’t let go of your dream because of a busy schedule. You fit writing into your life because it is a priority.
- You must do things you don’t want to do. You may not want to give up lunch with the girls or your favorite TV show, but if you really want to write that book, you’ll do it—if you have tenacity. You’ll also sit your butt in the chair after a long day of work or at 4:30 in the morning and you’ll keep it there until you finish an hour of writing or 5 pages. That’s what tenacious writers do, and that’s how they finish their manuscripts.
- You must overcome obstacles. The road to becoming an author has many obstacles, and you must overcome all of them. Only someone tenacious can consistently tackle rejection, criticism (constructive or not), the need to take on jobs you don’t like (such as promotion and project management), rewrites, self-doubt, and fear. Every day you must tell yourself, “I can do this! I will do this!” And, again, you must find a way.
It’s Tough But Worthwhile
Sound like a tough road to hoe? It is. But when your tenacity helps you produce a completed manuscript, and then a published book, you’ll reap the reward. The moment when you hold that book in your hands, or when a reader writes to say your book changed his or her life, you’ll feel glad you placed yourself in the two percent that finishes the book they said they wanted to write.
About the Author
Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time and The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.