Five Things to Make the Writer’s Life Happen

Sean McCool here again, sharing thoughts about the writer’s life and what it really means to me.

It’s been three and a half years since I dove headlong into the writer’s life. Looking back, I’d have to point to five things I did (and still do) that made it all happen.

If you are serious about living the writer’s life, then I believe you should do them too.

  1. Say Yes to Life.

“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

Henry James

Saying yes to life brings positive energy and allows wonderful blessings to come to you. Say yes to opportunity and success. Say yes to a life that you live by your standards. Say yes to making your own decisions and not seeking approval of others. Say yes to a fulfilling and rewarding writing career. Say yes to a promising future. Say yes to living without guilt, resentment, or regrets. Just say yes.

  1. Love Yourself and Others Unconditionally.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs …”

– Corinthians 13: 3, 5

When was the last time you loved without hesitation or caution? Free yourself from unrealistic expectations and accept yourself for who you are right now. Then it will be easier to accept others for who they are. Do not expect your needs and wants to be fulfilled by someone else. Allow yourself to love and be loved. In other words, be open – vulnerable even. Let your emotions come to the surface a little more often. I remember copywriter Ted Nicholas told me once, “If you can cry, you can write.”

  1. Take Risks.

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

– Anais Nin

Everything in life involves a risk. I moved my family nearly 600 miles, sold half of what we owned, and took a pay cut to jump-start my copywriting career. Was I afraid? Absolutely.

But you can’t let fear of rejection and failure dictate your life. Take chances and free yourself from limiting beliefs. You’ll be far more successful far sooner than you ever expected if you just make the leap.

  1. Make the Impossible Possible.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

– Winston Churchill

Think your big dreams can’t come true? Go for them anyway. Be excited about your future. Find and release your untapped talents. Believe in your abilities and discover what you have to offer the world. Think about all the things you think you can’t do and try to do them anyway … you’ll be surprised by how wrong you were.

Motivate yourself by thinking back to a time when a task was difficult and you were able to overcome the challenge.

Living a “safe” life doesn’t help you gain anything.

  1. Make Your Life Really Count.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

What’s your legacy? How do you want to be remembered? You were uniquely created to make a contribution to the world. It is your right and obligation to make your mark. Share your message with the world. Thinking and staying small will not get you where you need to be in life … and it won’t help those that need to hear your unique message either.

Surround yourself with people who are supportive, positive, and encouraging. Show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. Above all, live life.

I know all this sounds very motivational and fluffy. But there’s a reason these ideas have been around so long … they’re true. You may not believe it now. That’s okay. Take these five steps anyway; you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Before you know it, you’ll be telling others to follow your example.

And when you do, share with me by posting a comment below.

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Published: July 13, 2011

9 Responses to “Five Things to Make the Writer’s Life Happen”

  1. You are so right, Sean. Since I have been putting your suggestions into practice, life has become easier and more fulfilling. Thank you for these reminders.

    Mary Ellen Lapp

  2. My wife and I sold off everything we owned 8 years ago and moved to Costa Rica. Our intent was to retire but, by taking the risk, our lives have changed so much for the better it is unbelievable.
    You are right on the money... as your "five things..." should be practiced by everyone. You will be astounded at what happens.

    Guest (Randy)

  3. Sean, This is really great Stuff. It made me get refocused and I look foreward to meeting you at bootcamp, Thanks again..See You Soon...Ron

    Ron Wilson

  4. Truly wonderful words and inspiration. Thanks for putting this into words - this is "print-worthy" material.

    Brad McMillen

  5. Great stuff, thanks for reminding me what "it" is all about.

    Brad McMillen

  6. Thanks, Sean, I needed that! Just re-starting my writer's life after a long layoff, and your reminders have helped a lot.
    You share the name of a great Irish hero---Finn MacCool.


  7. Sean - your 5 "things" are profound. I'm printing them out and putting them next to my PWA poster. It helped me remember that I can succeed. When my father died in South Africa, my mom, sister & I came back to the States - after 25 years! Had to leave much behind. Came to a city we'd never been to before. No job. Didn't even know how to drive. Easy? - far from it! And now I'm trying to be a copywriter. Go figure. Thank you, Sean. Don't know if you realize how much you helped.


  8. Hi Sean, I know you're right, so I've done something I've wanted to do for a long time. I've quit pharmacy...

    Guest (Carolyn)

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