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Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Naysayers

"Consider the track record of your naysayers. How many dreams have they successfully brought into this world?"
{Sarah Ban Breathnach}
For those of you battling disbelievers, whether it’s a family member or friend or yourself–Don’t listen! Be cautious to whom you share your dreams. Not everyone will be on board, not because you can’t achieve those dreams, but because they’re afraid they won’t ever achieve their own dreams. That’s their problem, so don’t make it yours. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams!
Remember these wise words from author Laura Ingalls Wilder: “We must first see the vision in order to realize it; we must have the ideal or we cannot approach it. But when once the dream is dreamed, it is time to wake up and get busy. We must do great deeds, not dream them all day long.”



Have you battled naysayers during your writing journey?
Happy Monday, Zigzaggers! May your week be filled with all things positive!

31 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

My biggest naysayer is myself. I fight me every day lol!

Cynthia said...

Naysayers are everywhere. On the bright side, there are also positive and supportive individuals out there too, and those are the people I try to gravitate towards.

Em-Musing said...

A perfect "N" word, and a great quote by Wilder...and I need to read this everyday.

Journaling Woman said...

I'm like Kyra. The biggest naysayer in my life is me. I'm not a naysayer to others though.

Teresa

Jen Daiker said...

I have and I loved this post! Sometimes I think I fall into the group of them if I'm not careful. I've promised myself I'd write at least a hundred words a day to prove to myself I still have it.

The feeling of defeat can be a rough one. I'll never give it up though. The minute I write each word I feel the life coming back to me!

With love - Jen from Unedited

Laura Pauling said...

I think at times in the past my biggest naysayers was myself! And I bet that's true for a lot of writers. But not so much anymore.

Shelley Sly said...

Like others, I'm the biggest naysayer in my life. (The only one, really. I'm surrounded by really supportive people, but for some reason I can't help but put myself down.) Nice positive post! :)

Clarissa Draper said...

That's why I love the writing community, they are such a support. I don't get that support from my family. They view it as a hobby and when that HOBBY gets in the way of their life, it's then a nuisance. So, thank you, fellow writers, for your support.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I've been pretty lucky that I;ve had some great support in my family, friends, and other writers. But sometimes, I doubt myself. :)

Bish Denham said...

I guess I've been pretty lucky, or blessed. I don't recall anyone being a naysayer when it comes to my writing.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Laura! Wonderful post. All very good quotes.

My husband and son are very supportive of my writing. I'm my own naysayer, because I doubt myself and my writing.

Have an awesome day!

Susanne
PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Critics who say something can't be done are always silenced by someone doing it.

Bluestocking said...

Unfortunately yes, but the biggest source of drama is from those non-writers who say they're supportive but just.don't.get.it and say ridiculous things out of ignorance. The bottom line is that writing successes don't translate well to non-writers. Finally cracked a problem scene means nothing to a non-writer unless its in a book on the NY bestsellers list. But I like your idea of being cautious who you share your dreams with.

wosushi said...

I am my biggest naysayer, definitely. That's where having supportive people who's talents you admire is HUGE.

j-cheney said...

I honestly haven't had too many naysayers, but it seems best to ignore them ;o)

Von L Cid said...

I am my own worst enemy when it comes right down to it. I have always battled with this.

As I grow I have learned to push down my internal naysayer. I think it's finally working.

Glynis said...

I now ignore them! It has taken me over forty years, but it has helped me move forward.

Jay Noel said...

Had to subscribe to your awesome blog!

I dealt with a bunch of naysayers in my own critique group. So I had to kick them to the curb. Nothing constructive there, just a bunch of jealousy.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

No, everybody seems to have more faith in me than I do. I guess that would make me the naysayer, sometimes. Not good.

Charlotte Babb said...

Once we internalize the NO that is given to us, no one else can say yes until we do.

It's very easy to be a psychic. Simply dismiss everything. You'll be right most of the time.

But you won't be happy. Only say no to what you don't want. And Happy A to Z Challenge. Thanks for visiting http://beyourownfairygodmother.com

Julie Dao said...

What an inspiring post! So true. We need to weed out the naysayers in our lives... I mean, most of us have enough trouble believing in ourselves and our own writing without some Debbie Downers on the side. I've had to end a toxic friendship in the past because of all the negativity. We don't need stuff like that in our lives!! Have a great week, Laura!

Margo Berendsen said...

I am my own worst naysayer!!!

Jinky said...

Definitely believe in yourself and DO!! Great post. :)

Saumya said...

Yes, naysayers are everyone and their intentions aren't always bad. LOVE this post. I really needed to read it. It's easy to forget that other people's predictions often don't matter

Jaimee Hunter said...

I love positive people...if I hang with yall long enough, you might rub off on me. Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comment about my sister. I am looking forward to being your fan!

MJ said...

I am my naysayer, great quote at the end!! Thanks for visiting my blog.
-MJ A to Z blogger

The Hopeful Romantic said...

Laura, this is so true - I know who to speak to and not to. The people who will only support you when all the hard work is done are not part of my inner circle.

Karen Strong said...

I'm coming to the conclusion that a lot of naysayers are people who not going for their dreams, so they want to squash ours.

I always try to block them out. :)

Elaine L. Bridge said...

Visiting from the Challenge! Love your blog, and especially today's post! Enjoy the rest!

Elaine @ www.aheart4heaven.blogspot.com

Rachna Chhabria said...

At times I am my biggest naysayer. I tend to go into a pool of doubt about everything and start worrying like mad.

Laura Marcella said...

Hello, everyone!! Welcome to Wavy Lines to the new Zigzaggers!!! *waves happily* I'm so glad that the majority of you have supportive friends and family. The biggest naysayer in my life is MYSELF! Why is it that we can be positive and supportive of other writers but not for ourselves?? That must change!! Today we are going to silence our own personal naysayer and say YES I CAN!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting such kind and insightful thoughts!

Love,
Laura