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Hello my Weirdos!
First, let me point something out: I purposely used the word "winner" and not "writer". Why? Well, I had "writer" typed out at first, but then I looked at it and thought to myself...this doesn't only apply to writers! You have to have a winner's mindset to succeed in anything you do. Take it from Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean; if he hadn't had that mindset, the epic tale would have ended with Elizabeth probably getting killed somehow.
- Get a mindset that says "THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH" to literally everything. When I was younger, I would draw horses all the time, and I remember thinking to myself occasionally that it was as good as it was going to get. I was scared to erase anything because I didn't think I could make it that good again. That's not how you get better at something; you get better by looking at that thing that's just so-so and saying, "NO, I'LL MAKE IT FIFTY F-ING TIMES BETTER!"
- Become a perfectionist. Okay, so this is a bit of a continuation of the last point, but it needs to be said. People say "perfectionist" like it's a bad thing, but if you think about it, it's those kinds of people who go places. So try this: Every time you do something, take a moment to look at it again and ask yourself what could be done to make it better? I do this all the time with my handwriting and stuff like that. If I'm not completely satisfied with something, I change it. Sometimes I end up making it worse in the process...but it's all a learning experience.
- This one is said waaayyy too often, but it is soooo true! NEVER EVER GIVE UP. It is so easy to, but by giving up you might as well dress up in a cute little bunny suit and jump into a den of lions and say in a wimpy little girl's voice, "hey, come eat me, yum yum". Um, does that even sound right to you? Of course not, because if you really think about it, it would be so much easier to just not go to all the trouble (and not mention pain) and just keep trying. Trust me, it's fulfilling in the end! I should know...but that's another story and it's beside the point.
- Draw in pen. My art teacher taught me this one. Yes, this is a drawing technique, but it works, and I'll tell you why (because it would be stupid if I said that and didn't elaborate...). Drawing with a pen forces you to get things right the first time, because you don't have an eraser and even if you did it would be literally impossible to use it. Granted, life has no eraser (though it would be nice sometimes), but that doesn't mean we can cheap shot anything we do. Take, for example, a guy in one of my classes who openly half-asses everything he does and doesn't care and THEN complains about why he's getting a C. -_- I can't help but wonder what he thinks he's accomplishing by doing that though. There's no redos, and he's going to regret those decisions later in life, guaranteed.
So there you have it. It's short and to the point, just like me; I don't like to make things long and hard to decipher. If you have any suggestions to add to this list, let me know :)
As always: stay weird!