I thought it might be time for another humorous post especially as my past posts have been somewhat disheartening in their tone. So, without further ado let’s consider the question, what do dogs and successful writers have in common?
- They stay focused on their task. If you ever see a dog siting patiently waiting for that last bit of food you have, or training his eye on a tennis ball, or even sheep herding, you know that dogs stick to the job they know they have to do. A writer who stays focused on the novel he’s writing, or the story that flashed into her mind or the tireless research to make a story authentic, you will find the writer who is successful.
- They are loyal. Everyone knows dogs are loyal creatures. They love their masters. They forgive and forget. Writers need to be loyal, too. They need to be loyal to writing groups, writing friends, people who buy their books and anybody who might give a crap about their writing. Without faithful supporters, you can’t have a successful writer, so we have to support them in return.
- They struggle against impossible odds. Incredible Journey. Lassie Come Home. Benji, Greyfriar’s Bobby. Some of these stories are even true, but even if they are a bit concocted, dogs will do anything to be reunited with their masters. Selling a book is definitely an impossible feat. Even when you do sell a book, do you know the average book sells less than 500 copies? Yet, we stick to the task against these odds. Why? Because we’re writers.
- They love what they do. Ever see a dog hang his head out a car window? Run wild in a field after absolutely nothing? Eat a bowl of disgusting dog food? Dogs love what they do. A writers who loves what he creates is a successful writer.
- They keep the faith. Dogs don’t lose faith in us. They wait even if we’re gone all day or days even. They don’t lose hope. They stick by gravesides, bedsides, couch sides and table sides. Okay, maybe that’s for food, but we can’t argue that dogs have an incredible amount of tenacity. They don’t give up. If we want to be successful writers, we have to keep believing in our work, ourselves and our futures. So, do you want to be a successful writer? Take a few lessons from dogs. Chase your dreams and run them down.