Is Your Writing Career Missing This Single Most Crucial Element?

    A guest post by Josh Sarz of Sagoyism

    I read a story a while back about a farmer who was sowing seeds by hand. He would bring his pouch of seeds, go out and start sowing. The farmer threw the seeds everywhere. At first, one would think that he is losing so much because he throws handfuls of seeds on the ground. To the extremely hungry, those seeds could make a decent meal. Why would he be throwing them away like that? But when you look at the big picture, the farmer really does lose handfuls of seeds, but in time he gains bounties more.

    I was reminded of this story when I was out fishing with my girlfriend and her family. I’m not good at fishing, but I love the quiet atmosphere of the place.

    The rules of the park were that you throw some type of bait that they provided in order to get the fish to come closer, and then you can then hook them with your fishing rods.

    My girlfriend’s niece, was a little girl by the age of 4. When she got a hold of the bag of fish bait, she tore it open and got handfuls of the stuff and threw them out to the water.

    A lot of us told her that throwing handfuls of bait was not the right way to do it. She then said that the reason why she threw a lot of the bait on the water was so a lot more fish would come closer and every one of us would catch one. She said the more bait, the better.

    Wisdom from a 4-year-old

    Do you really want to be a writer?

    If you do, then you should be open to the fact that you’ll need to throw away lots of seeds. This means you need to be prepared for a lot of sacrifice on your end.

    You should be ready to sacrifice money. As a writer, one of the best tools to have at your disposal is a blog. Getting your own domain name is going to cost money. Certain tools to market your blog cost money. Writing courses cost money. Getting professional web design can be costly, unless you’re willing to learn how to do it on your own.

    Then there’s time. Time is golden, but you’re going to have to be ready to sacrifice a lot of your time to work on your writing. Say goodbye to long nights of sleep. Say goodbye to spending all day every day with your family, or hanging out with friends. You can still do these, but not as much as you would want to.

    There’s a significant amount of sacrifice that you have to make if you want to be a writer.

    So, do you really want to be a writer?

    You’re not alone

    But one thing that you have to know is that you’re not alone in this.

    Writers everywhere also learn that they need to sacrifice time and money for doing what they love. They understand that they have to sow their seeds.

    But it’s not just writers. Every one is involved. In order to succeed at something, everyone has to sacrifice some part of their old routine. Their old lifestyle. Their old habits.

    I know a lot of people who had to sacrifice spending time with their families to work on other countries, to get jobs good enough to pay for their family’s needs.

    I took up a  bachelor’s degree in Nursing when I went to college. I personally know hundreds of fellow nursing graduates who had to leave the country to work in greener pastures. Their biggest sacrifice is that they can’t spend as much time with their families as they want to.

    How many seeds are you willing to sow?

    With sacrifice done wisely though, comes great rewards.

    Like the farmer who throws away handfuls of seeds across his farm, he earns bounties more in time.

    So would all your hard work. All your sacrifices will bear more fruit than you’ve ever dreamed possible. You just have to make a few wise sacrifices at first.

    This  will be your big dream reward. Whatever you want, a book deal, thousands of subscribers and readers, a teaching course that will let you earn money, anything. Not just a goal, but a dream that you would work your ass off for it to come true.

    I also heard a passage from the Bible related to this.

    He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

    No seeds to sow

    I loved reading stories as I was growing up. I’ve read books from Robert Ludlum, John Le Carre, Franklin W. Dixon and a whole lot more. I got back to my roots. I loved reading books as a child, and come high school I was writing my own fantasy/adventure short stories. Ten of them, actually. I titled them ‘Hollow Dreams’. That’s why I decided to get back to writing again.

    But I had a problem.

    There are lots of writing courses on the Internet. Courses that I couldn’t afford. My current writing job could only provide for food and rent, and some little savings.

    But I wanted to learn more. I wanted to write better. I wanted to tell stories. The same stories that inspired me as a kid growing up surrounded by paperback novels. I decided to start sowing some seeds.

    I tried learning how to write by reading and studying a lot of writers’ blog posts. I’ve also got back to reading A LOT of old books that I haven’t read yet. It may not be the easiest method, but it’s what I could obtain at the moment.

    Journey to be a great writer

    We’re all on our journey to achieve writer immortality.

    Whether we take writing courses, or dissect other people’s writing, or read books, we’re all sowing our seeds. And the more seeds we spread across the soil, the more rewards we get, in time.

    A writer’s job isn’t easy. There’s a lot of sacrifice involved. But these sacrifices help us grow and improve our trade, in order to give us the opportunity to live out the dreams we had as children.

    How do you sow your seeds as a writer? Let’s share our experiences and struggles in the comments section below.

    Josh Sarz is a Freelance Writer, Blogger and the founder of Sagoyism, which talks about Epic Content Marketing and Storytelling . He also likes punk rock and metal, among other things.

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    • Syaiful says:

      nice post Josh.

      certainly write and read is two sides, which can’t separately. If we want to learn or increase our writing skills, we have to read more.

      Thanks Josh

    • Amy says:

      Wow! What an inspiring post. I agree. There are sacrifices that we have to make. When I find myself on the weekends banging on the keyboard to get a story type into word, sometimes that can take up the whole afternoon on what would be a day off from work.

      For me, I guess, being a writer means being in constant motion. When I wake up in the mornings, and I decide to go do a long run, it doesn’t feel as much of a sacrifice.

      I do believe that the seeds that we sow today will become great things in the future. However, I guess I am starting to develop a new way of thinking about these sorts of things. I have decided to go into self-publishing my own materials and stories. I realize that we are living in exceptional times where all of words and work can be published, whenever we may want to. I guess, for me, my goal isn’t to be published and make money anymore so much, it’s about creating a piece of art.

      So much of the time, it is easy to feel like we are making a sacrfice to keep doing what we love, but if it is what we love doing, why should it matter?

      I am a librarian, and I guess I am elated when I get the time to be in front of the keyboard. I savor it as much as some do chocolate.

      Thank you for the post. Very inspirational.

      • Josh Sarz says:

        I’m glad that you liked my post. It’s great how you strive to make art out of your writing instead of making money. Take away some of the pressure. 🙂

    • If one truly loves writing/blogging/whatever, is it really a sacrifice to give up something else for it?

      Just a thought. 🙂

      Enjoyed the post!

      • Josh Sarz says:

        For me, even though I absolutely love writing and blogging it’s still a bit of a sacrifice knowing I can do something else that I also love. Like cooking and training my dog, for instance. I can’t spend as much time doing other things because I’m working.

        What I do, is I make sure I have one day of the week where I don’t come to the computer at all, and do everything else on that day.

        Thanks for reading, Wendy.

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks so much for the reminder. With the Aussie sun shining, I was inside redrafting my novel and feeling very conflicted about friends and family out having fun. Sacrifices? You reminded me that I CHOOSE to do this. I LOVE doing this. And because I do it, I end up with something very concrete to show–words, paragraphs, poems, a novel. I’m the lucky one!

      • Josh Sarz says:

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Suzanne. I hope you finish that novel.

    • PJ Reece says:

      The sacrifices I made years ago… they only seemed like sacrifices to others. Even my young son didn’t notice he was being deprived. As for myself, I had never felt more alive! Writing! I was a writer! Sure, once a year I had to go out and sell something door to door — vacuum cleaners, water filters, sports videos — I loved that too! Because I was a writer. In fact I felt more like a writer when I was broke. What sacrifices? I LOVED everything about writing. I still do, 25 years later. I love writing this, right now. I LOVE BEING A WRITER!

      • Josh Sarz says:

        I love hearing these responses of how writers really love their work. It’s inspiring, to be honest.

    • I recently sowed two handfuls of precious seeds by paying a professional artist to design new book covers for the first two books of my trilogy. Wow, what a difference!

      You get what you pay for.

      • Josh Sarz says:

        If it paid off well, those seeds weren’t wasted. 🙂

    • Reading and writing are my favorite things in life. I crave time to write, especially my fiction. So it’s everything else that I have to squeeze in so I can write. I am able to blog at least once a week and with a part time job am having a hard time getting in enough novel-writing time. It’s a journey, but we will all get there. Beth

      • Josh Sarz says:

        It’s definitely a journey. Thanks for reading, Beth.

    • Do Van Dael says:

      OOh, I liked reading it. It summons up all my problems or resistanses… and then I realised that the only problem I have is the sacrifice. 4 kids, 80% work (days and nights), …. well you can guess. How much can – will I sacrifice? I dream myself sitting behind my desk or in a field of flowers or waiting for my kids danceclass to finish and I write. I write the whole novel I have planned, written, chapters and all but all in my head.
      All because of the sacrifice…. and I dream and I see and I hope secretly for the kids to grow up and move out so I can finaly write. All because of the sacrifice.
      And still, I do not belief it unpossible! I really do….
      but ….
      I dare not, I am afraid!

    • Good thoughts, writing does take sacrifice and it does take some money. Following your heart and sowing the right seeds will help to make your writing successful.

      • Josh Sarz says:

        Thanks for reading, Terri. Have a great day ahead of you.

    • Your post rings so true for me. I gave up TV years ago so I could spend the time writing. It’s not always easy, though. Last night, though I usually spend my evenings reading (after writing), I sat down & watched TV (& it was late!). Thank you for this post to remind me that there’s a purpose & a goal behind my sacrifices and that they will all pay off some day.

    • Oh yes, I agree with everything. Writing, or anything you want to do well, takes time, money and the utimate sacrifcie, patience.

      Patricia A. guthrie
      Waterlilies Over My Grave
      In the Arms of the Enemy

    • Winston says:

      I agree that you have to sacrifice much but there is a limit on how much you can sacrifice. I have spent lots of money on books, time on reading said books and blogs, now I need to find ways to sacrifice to get words down on the page.

      • Josh Sarz says:

        Yes, there is a limit. That’s why not only do we have to sacrifice something, but we have to make sure that our sacrifice bears fruit in the long run. We need to tend to the seeds that we sow, not just plant them and leave them on the soil.

        Thanks for reading my post, Winston. Have a wonderful day.

    • amore says:

      Fishing and writing. Two of the things that I love to do most.

    • Josh Sarz says:

      Thank you for having me here, Mary. It really means a lot.

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