I read an awesome book. So awesome that I stayed up late last night to finish it. A review will be forthcoming on Friday.
As for today's topic, I've found that remaining positive is as simple as focusing on the good things that are going on in your writing career. It gets hard, sometimes you WANT to scream, throw your computer at the wall, and give up. But as Bobby McFerrin and Dennis Prager say, "Don't worry. Be happy."
When you feel like giving up, CHOOSE to be happy. You may ask, "It can't be THAT easy, can it?"
My answer is, "Yes." I've tried it. Many times. And it works! Choosing to have a positive attitude, whether I FEEL like it or not, does make it easier to move forward with my writing. But this translates to the rest of my life, too.
On the other hand, sometimes it's VERY difficult. You're going to want to give up, and you're going to want to pour out your heart on your blog, on Facebook, and to random writers you run into at conferences. But make sure that all of those negative thoughts are reserved for your close support group.
And I AM advocating that you get it out. As I've said before, you have to have other writers to share with. We have to help each other with our burdens. But if we stay positive with those folks outside of our inner-circle, it WILL translate to a genuine positive attitude that will make you FEEL happy more often.