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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Don't be Depressed about: Career or Writing or Reviews or Book or Blog

Sometimes it seems like there's a lot to be depressed about but my advice is: don't worry about any of it. P.S. I am not a licensed professional

What if nobody likes your book? (just write another one)

What if you can't find a publisher? (improve your work and keep trying)

What if you got some bad reviews? (they are just as important as the good ones)

What if the writing isn't going well? (it often didn't go so well for Hemingway either, or Steinbeck or Dickens or-- fill in the blank)

What if your career isn't happening like you expected? (nobody's is, except for maybe Mark Zuckerman and Jeffrey Bezos)

What if your blog doesn't have enough followers or comments? Now that I can do something about!!

Stop by tomorrow for my big bash, KarenG's Labor Day BBQ. Bring food (I like food) and be prepared to add some spice to the lazy summer blog routine. Find new blogs, get new followers, and jazz up the blogosphere with shared enthusiasm! See you tomorrow then.

24 comments:

  1. I'll definitely be there! :o) Is there an announcement or something I can post tomorrow to send people here?

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  2. I'll be there, dropping in from the UK! Great sentiments BTW.

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  3. How does the BBQ work? Do we post once this weekend or all three days?

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  4. Hi Karen .. looking forward to the BBQ - food, guests and a little bit of fun .. sounds excellent - cheers for now - Hilary

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  5. It's tomorrow already?? Yay!!!! I must defrost my veggie hotdogs...! Take care
    x

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  6. A party, oh I love parties. I'll bring something to eat. I love food too. Maybe a salad of some sort. What do you think?

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  7. I'm confused, is the BBQ tomorrow (Friday) or Monday, on Labor Day?
    And what do we do?
    Karen

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  8. I'll be there. Good way to forget the "what if" doubts for awhile. :)

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  9. I remember last year. Great blog fest!

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  10. To answer a few questions:

    It's over the 4 day weekend from Fri thru Monday, giving everyone plenty of time to get involved. Tomorrow's post will explain the rules. Meanwhile, spiff up your blog and get ready for visitors!

    No special buttons, sign ups or posts are required. To tell others, simply link to this post today or the one tomorrow and share on Twitter, FB, Google+ etc.

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  11. I LOVE A GOOD PARTY ! I'm going to bring certified organic brats, certified organic burger and a great big bottle of ice cold totall non-organic Guinness to wash the other down. Thanks for the invite. Now time to go clean my blog

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  12. Hey, I've had those feelings before. Great advice!

    Can't wait to visit the party!

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  13. Great post, Karen! Can't wait for the BBQ, see you tomorrow! :)

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  14. LOL! RIGHT--and I can testify, this DOES increase blog following and bloggie friends~ :o)

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  15. Clever, sneaky way to remind s of the BBQ. :o)

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  16. I knew you were going somewhere with all that "No worries" stuff. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  17. I wondered what this was about when I started reading. I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow for the BBQ! :)

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  18. Can't wait for the BBQ!

    :runs off to tidy blog:

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  19. Loved this last year...can't wait to return!

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  20. That's awesome! I loved your BBQ last year.

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  21. Oh thanks for the reminder Karen. This is the day already. Thank God for twitter...

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  22. Bear loves honey. Nice glaze for whatever's on the BBQ.
    And a bottle of mead for after. And some delicious nuts.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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  23. Oh gosh I needed to read this post!

    I have never been to a Labour Day BBQ in fact I do not know what Labour Day is! LOL. I will venture over with ribs, pork souvla and fresh honeydew melons. Also a gallon of village wine. :)

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