Writers: Heed These Four Proverbs and An Irish Toast For 2012

If you didn’t meet all your writing goals for 2011, there is always 2012 to look forward to. It’s always important to write down your goals and to visualize publishing success. The latter programs you into action, and it works. Remember to write down a reasonable timeline for accomplishing each goal, including step-by-step moves toward its completion. Then, you will be assured of achieving the goal.

Proverb One:

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.–Chinese Proverb

Hopefully, your project won’t be that huge and long. But, the point is, put something down on paper. Begin by writing down the plan for the project, particularly if you envision it as a long, long journey.

Proverb Two:

One written word is worth a thousand pieces of gold.–Japanese Proverb

Don’t waste words. Make each word count. If you can leave out a word, delete it. Don’t impose on your reader. Whether your project involves creative or factual writing, choose your words carefully.

Proverb Three:

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. –Thomas Huxley

Once you’ve accomplished a writing goal, set another one. Don’t rest on your laurels. Most writers realize that writing is not a one-shot thing. It is something that grows on you and helps you grow.

Proverb Four:

A book whose sale’s forbidden all men rush to see, and prohibition turns one reader into three.–Italian Proverb

While I’m not suggesting everyone write such a book just for the sake of selling a lot of copies and becoming famous, always think in terms of whether or not your book has a market. Who is your audience and how are you serving them? If you write only for yourself, chances are, you can’t attract a publisher. Identify who will read your work and how it is of benefit to them. How do your words speak to others?

When each year comes to a close, I make a point of being hopeful for the new year. That’s why I refer to this Irish toast:

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again . . .

I hope my blogs of this year helped you in some way, and that my future ones will also be of benefit!

Best wishes for writing success and all other success!


Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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