Monday, May 30, 2016

Attitude Is Everything

My grandmother had a saying: Arbeit macht das Leben sues. Which translates from German to "Work is the sweetness of life." Both my grandmothers were pretty darn awesome and they both had an incredible work ethic.

I think my grandmother's point wasn't that we should only choose to work hard at the things we love to do, but to have the attitude that if something must be done then do it well and enjoy the process. That some jobs are necessary. Some are tedious. And some need to be done because you have no choice.  

But attitude is the key.

The marketing side of writing is definitely a challenge for me. I know what needs to be done, I just avoid doing it most of the time. 

Marketing is a necessary work for a writer. So I guess my attitude's about to change. What part of your job do you avoid?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Sounds like a good philosophy your grandmothers had.

Ugh, marketing is exhausting. I'd still rather do that than edit, though. But I do them both because they need to be done. Just not right now. Maybe later. Loads later. ;o)

Karyn Good said...

I'm the opposite. I kick and scream through writing the first draft so I have something to edit! And from now on I love marketing. Marketing is the best. ...I'm exhausted already...