Friday, June 19, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions from Interviewers (Part 5 of 22)

Will you share a few personal habits that have helped you over the years to remain a productive writer? That question usually comes after the interviewer mentions the large number of books I've published.

Here are three personal habits.

1. When I face a task I don't like doing, I set a date and time to start. I put a sticky note next to my computer. I look at the note several times during the day and remind myself of that self-imposed deadline. And it works.

2. I'm a professional and I work even if I don't feel like it. When I taught school, I had to prepare lessons even when I didn't feel like it. Here's a maxim I wrote: My feelings are only emotions; they are not reality.

3. Early in my career I faced a large number of rejections (and still receive them). I remind myself that I have offered to sell a product and the editor says, "It's not something we're interested in buying."

One of the things I began to say to myself daily—and still do—is this: I accept rejections objectively and dispassionately.

1 comment:

  1. Love that! "I accept rejections objectively & dispassionately." Need to work harder to put that into practice!

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