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Authors – Quit whining about being busy


There are a number of successful authors, some who are even SUCCESSFUL authors, and all I seem see them do on Twitter and Facebook is moan about how busy they are. To me, that’s like a salesman saying he’s getting too much commission, or Richard Branson complaining that yet another one of his companies is successful.

Every time I see this, I get slightly pissed off. I’m approaching my fortieth birthday – yes I know I don’t look that old, people tell me all the time – so I think that I’m gradually turning into a grumpy sod, and seeing people complain about how successful they are really isn’t helping.

A few days ago I read an article by the wonderful @N_VincentAbnett titled Antisocial Behaviour. In it she talks about how she met someone who had reached out to her and her husband, Dan, because he was lonely.

That article was still in my mind when there was a knock at the door. It was pissing it down and there was a chap wearing a couple of jumpers and a baseball cap. He was utterly drenched and shivering in the cold as water dripped from the tip of his nose and streamed off his cap as he tipped his head.

Slung over his shoulder was a huge carryall. He dumped in onto the ground and passed over some I.D. saying that he only wanted a bit of my time, that he was unemployed and that he couldn’t claim benefits so was working with the charity that helped keep the unemployed busy and earning.

Normally, I’d be ‘Nope, not interested.’ But he was trying so hard. Did I mention that he was drenched and that the water was dripping from his nose? He showed me what was in his bag and I saw some chamois leathers that I would have liked to buy, but I could only find a fiver. Looking at this poor sod, I just gave him the money and told him to not worry about selling anything. I also gave him an old top that was treated.

This was someone determined to do something about his life and get out there and work, no matter what the conditions. I can’t ever imagine him complaining about being successful, or about having too much work (and therefore income) and I truly hope that he finds a job he enjoys and is able to settle down into a good career.

Which brings me back to the point of this article. If you’re successful, don’t piss and moan about it. Don’t moan that you’re struggling to find the words, or that you’re on the tenth edit of the chapter. Because there are people out there that a) would love to be that successful in anything b) that would love to be successful authors. I might moan about a lot of things, but I promise that I will never moan about being a successful author.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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4 thoughts on “Authors – Quit whining about being busy

  1. You grumpy old sod you… Lol

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    Posted by shavenwookiee | May 21, 2013, 7:52 pm
  2. That’s a great article, Matthew, and I thank you for posting it. I’ve never been as busy as I am at the moment, and I’m loving every minute of it. Not just becuase it’s taken me far too long to get to this point, but because I don’t know long it’s going to last. 🙂

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    Posted by Paul L Mathews | May 23, 2013, 5:19 pm

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