Thursday, April 18, 2013

P IS FOR PASSION


by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

At Chautauqua in 1999, I was told that a writer needs to have “the 5 P’s.”
Highlights Foundation workshop at Lake Chautauqua.
Pride. Don’t call yourself a want-to-be. Be proud you’re a writer. Even if you’re not yet published, don’t feel embarrassed to proclaim yourself a writer.

Practice. As with most skills a person develops, the more you do it, the better you get. AC/WP (see April 1st post).

Professionalism. Follow guidelines. Honor your commitments and deadlines. Don’t badger editors (even when you’d like to strangle them). Once published, market yourself in a professional manner.

Patience. This one can be tough, but once you mail that manuscript, throw yourself into your next project. Counting the days until you hear back is pointless.

Perseverance. Never give up. Keep writing. Keep submitting those manuscripts. Keep moving forward.

After taking the 5 P’s to heart, I added a sixth P to my list—Passion. You have to love what you do. You need the passion to tackle it again every day. If you don’t, you’ll burn out quickly. And put that passion into your work as well. Trust me, it shows.
http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/when-too-much-passion-is-not-enough/
And if you’re a believer as I am, never underestimate the 7th P—Prayer.

14 comments:

  1. I like your 6 Ps and will try to remember them, especially number 1.

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    1. Thanks, Ann. Always be proud you're a writer.

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  2. Passion you have dear friend! I love that you added it to the list!

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    1. Thanks, Gina. Without the passion for the work, I might have quit long ago. And if I had, I might never have met you. Perseverance pays!

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  3. prayer is number one! and the catchall when all else fails too!
    great p day!
    p is such a positive letter!

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  4. yes all those Ps are true - and especially patience lol

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    1. And being patient is the toughest one. But what choice do we have? Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Now those are some good P words for the writer. We do need all of those, including prayer.

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    1. You're so right. Thanks for your comment.

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    1. Thanks, Frances. Good to hear from you.

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  7. Great Post, Kathy. Perfectly to the Point.
    Love,
    Juliet

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    1. Thank you, my poet friend. We are positively peppering our conversations with P words today.

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