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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Is There a Magic Amulet for Success?

"How long have you been a writer?" people ask.

"Forever," is my usual reply.

And that's how long I've been insecure. But the insecurity is not about my writing. I've always felt confident and secure about what I've written.

My concern is the reader's response. Will it be what I expect? Will it be what I want? How can I reach a wider audience with my work?

For 2013, the writing insecurity I intend to tackle is that of how to gain an entire new audience for my creativity. Over the years, I've made lots of talks about branding, marketing, and promotion. I've learned a lot and I've shared a lot. But there's something missing, something more intangible.

"In Search of Magic" - MMSikes
It's the magic amulet for success. When writers discover this illusive, invisible gem, they no longer need to search for success because it will find and surround them. All of a sudden, they will gain a wider audience and touch people everywhere.

How do you find the magic amulet? Is it something upon which writers stumble accidentally to propel them to a new level of success? Is it a new found charisma?

I don't know. With your help, I intend to find out.

It should be an exciting journey.

--Mary Montague Sikes

































































































































































































































































































22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think I found it and it has nothing to do with writing or music.

Monti said...

Alex, I think you found it, and that's wonderful!!!

Tonja said...

I'm not there yet. But I'm guessing it has nothing to do with magic and more to do with a lot of hard work that's particularly difficult for people that really just want to write. :) Nice to meet you.

Karen Walker said...

Oh I definitely believe in magic
karen

Shannon Lawrence said...

You're so right. It's not my writing I'm insecure about, but the readers and their opinions.

And a magic amulet for success? I wouldn't know, but would love to find it!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Azia said...

it is truly frightening for me when I let other people read my work!

Jeremy Bates said...

Great writing couple with hard work equals the magic.

Monti said...

Tonja, it takes a ton of hard work both for writing and for promotion. There must be something else...

Monti said...

Karen, we have to believe in magic. Thanks for visiting.

Monti said...

Shannon, I really want to discover the magic amulet. Hard work is not enough!

Monti said...

When you do your best and know it's good, you shouldn't be frightened any more. Especially if you have the magic amulet!!!

Monti said...

Jeremy, I've put in the hard work both for writing and promotion. The big success hasn't happened from those alone, so there has to be that piece of allusive magic that I'm missing. I'm prepared to search all year...

Leslie said...

I feel very much the same. I look at my writing and say "Hey - not bad!" and I think of passing it on to others and I think "Actually.. there are certainly some reasons they won't like it."

As far as an "Amulet"? I'd have to say no - not in my case anyway. I read a lot of book and articles - I follow blogs of other writers and I practice. I believe that for some people there will be a *click* when everything falls together. But I think it's completely dependent on you and what you find in your travels :)

Good Luck!

Leslie

sydneyaaliyah said...

Yeah, this is an interesting questions and I am not sure I can offer much insight. It is such a wonder because there is so much out there you would think would have reached that level, but their they are pleasing audiences every where. If you find the secret. Let me know.

Chuck said...

How about going viral like Gangnam Style. Over a billion views on youtube is crazy...

Tyrean Martinson said...

I don't think it's a magic amulet or something we can buy. I think it comes from believing in something greater than ourselves, being encouraging to others, and finding an audience that cheers us onward. Maybe that audience starts small and gets bigger over time.

Monti said...

Leslie, I think you are right about what you find in your travels. For me, the amulet is symbolic and invisible. However, someday I may create a "touchable" symbol just because I enjoy the tangible.

Monti said...

Sydney, thanks for commenting. I am searching now for the answer. Once, long ago, I had the magic amulet, then I lost it. Perhaps getting it back is a journey I need to take.

Monti said...

Chuck, I love Gangnam Style. That's one of the things that got me thinking about the invisible spark (or amulet). Thanks!

Monti said...

Tyrean, I appreciate your thoughts and agree with them. But sometimes we need something tangible to which to hold on...

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Ooo what an exciting post! I love the idea of magic happening in fiction, and it's not the kind of thing that can be planned, or mapped. I tend to agree with Jeremy Bates-- good writing plus hard work-- over and over and over again. And then the magic may happen, or maybe not, but the true writer will jump back in and give it another shot!

Monti said...

Thanks for commenting, Karen. Over and over and over and over again and again. It's an awfully long road. I'm going to keep looking...