A writing career is not instant oatmeal.
Having a writing career takes time. It requires thinking of others and building connections with people. Most importantly, it takes patience.
In our world, we are used to “instant” things such as instant oatmeal. Just add water, microwave, stir, and enjoy. When it comes to writing and building a writing career, many of us tend to think of it as “instant” as well. You write a book, maybe you publish it or are trying to get it published, and you promote it. Now you wait for the success and the career to appear like a train on a schedule.
But a writing career is not instantaneous. It requires patience and a constant building of success. It’s a lot of work.
John C. Maxwell writes about patience in his book Leadership Gold: Lesson I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. He writes,
“Leaders need to remember that the point of leading is not to cross the finish line first. It’s to take people across the finish line with you. For that reason, leaders must deliberately slow their pace, stay connected to their people, enlist others to help fulfill the vision, and keep people going.” (15)
Although Maxwell is talking about leadership, you can certainly apply his advice to writing. After all, aren’t writers leaders as well?