This was such a good post, I wanted to share it with you all.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Want to be a professional author? A successful professional author? To become more than what others are, we must be willing to do what others won’t. We must go where they fear to tread.

We must burn our ships.

When Alexander the Great arrived on the shores of Persia, his forces were hopelessly outnumbered, and yet he gave the shocking order to burn all the boats. Legend tells us that he turned to his men and declared, “We go home in Persian ships or we die.”

Your day job is a means, not an end. It is no longer a safe retreat in the event of failure. Cast off your fear. Let go of the voices in your head, the siren’s song to play it “safe.”


Lash yourself to your desire to be a novelist. You are not an “aspiring author.” You are a pre-published author and the rest…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog, Athena. I love Kristen’s blog! I think that’s probably where we met – on WANA Tribe!

  2. Thanks so much Athena for sharing Kristen’s post with us. Sometimes it’s better to let someone else tell the tale — just couldn’t say it better myself, in other words. Very valuable. Alia

    • Kristen, is a master at saying what needs to be said and she gives so much of her time to others. Thanks for taking the time to comment it is really appreciated.

      • You’re welcome. I really got that about Kristen when I visited her blog. Her generosity of spirit was very apparent in her offer to select one person each month whose work she will critique. I trust that she doesn’t pull any punches either. Blessings, Alia

      • Yes, Kristen is very generous to others with her time. She has so much experience and she is happy to share it with others.

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