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A quote from

Posted on: July 29, 2009

.RT @diareeves: Saw this quote today: “Most people miss when opportunity knocks because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”


I love this quote and it fits so well with an article I am in the process of writing that I decided to include it. 

I’ve been watching others in my chosen field of writing and the associated  arts trying to figure out what makes some so successful while others who possess the same talents or even more talent never get the level of success they aspire to.

I’ve ponder for some time as to what is it that makes such a big difference between the two types. After a bit of thinking, I’ve decided that it has something to do with the motivation or lack of motivation. Being motivated is what seems to make the difference. 

A case in point is my two friends that are illustrators. Both are equally talented artistically but one is the go-getter type who does everything she can to develop her skills while the other moans and groans about the world not giving her her just rewards. The first illustrator has nothing but positives to say about others. She reaches out and help newbies in the field. She is willing to do a project based on its value, a value other than just money or the prestige.

 The second complains that her skills are too good to be wasted on a small town project. While both talk the talk, the first is the one that will prove the most successful as she is willing to put in the work.

I also know another person who writes who has had a super idea that has never come to fruition and its failure to thrive is definitely linked to her lack of motivation. While she talks the talk about her project, she gets people excited and they want to be a part of the project. They think her idea is phenomenal. They check out the site. It looks like the Centre would be something that they would want to be involved with. She could easily market the idea but the lack of motivation to follow through leaves other writers with no desire to stay as a part of the project. 

For example, no new material has been added to the site in over a year and a half, though two or three ideas for articles she could write have been suggested. For most people, the reason that they come back to a site is that the site is constantly being added to. There is something new and interesting to read, look at. There are recommendation for other sites to visit. The writing is fresh with new interviews or quotes. The reader finds they have something in common with the writer.

There has to be something that convinces the reader to become an active member who is willing to invested their time and energy in the site.

While it might seem like some writers/artists are an overnight success, if one looks closer they might discover just how much work that has been done to get them where they are. The reader learns how motivated the writers/artists are in reality.


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

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• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
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• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
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• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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