In preparing the introduction for my newsletter and deciding on the subject of my five-minute writing tip, two June holidays caught my attention. June 1 has been designated as Dare Day. It is defined as a day to challenge someone, even yourself to push the envelope, take a risk; it's a call to action day. Procrastinators and weenies step aside. Yep, this is a day for me. If you've read my recent musings, you'll know that I'm staying the course to make some positive and productive changes in my writing life.
After twenty-five years of writing and telling myself financial success wasn't necessary and that knowing a few folks read my books and enjoyed them was enough. And those folks, by far, are the best aspect of my success. Having someone tell me they love my books, plots, and characters, is enough to make a plethora of days.
But I've been in denial telling myself that financial success wasn't important and that if I focused on the money, I'd be greedy and selfish. Where did that idea ever come from? I can guess, but I won't go there.
The point is that with financial success comes opportunities to share my ideas and creations with others. Being a teacher by profession, sharing my knowledge and experience is a joy that resonates deep down. Seeing a light bulb go off in someone's head as they listen to my ideas, knowledge, and experiences, is priceless.
Having some extra bucks in the bank allows me to do this more often. It also allows me to support causes I believe in. I've always donated a portion of my royalties to various groups, but the more I earn the more I can share.
Where's the writing tip in this? Simple:
Life is good and so is a sweet bank account.
Now comes the second quirky June holiday that caught my attention. June 18 is Panic Day. Wanting to make changes is one thing. Making them is another. It's like taking a giant leap of faith and when that time comes, it's exciting, but terrifying and panic, for me, sets in. But with my changed way of thinking, the panic doesn't last long because my faith is stronger than it's ever been. In situations like this, I always ask myself, what's the worse that can happen? I'll be out some money.
What's the best that can happen? I'll have enough money to save the world.
What usually happens is something in the middle. And that something is pretty darn good too.