I have a feeling this post may cause a little...IDK....discussion. As the title suggests, I am going to talk about hope - but not in the typical sense. More in the uh-oh sense.
I think holding hope is a good thing, a times. It's important in this crazy writing business to maintain a positive outlook. But, there is a problem with simply hoping for something to "happen" regarding your writing career - for hoping for the fabu agent to make an offer, or hoping one of the big six buys your book, or hoping readers react well to it.
The problem? Hope does NOT equal action.
I'll say that again - hoping is NOT the same as doing.
To often we tend to rely on hope as a substitute for actual action. But hope alone won't improve your writing, or land an agent, or get a book deal or raise sales.
Taking action is the real answer. Take a writing class, attend a conference, read more books, research agents, market your books, build your platform - these are all actions that WILL get you closer to your goals.
So what do you think? Is hope alone enough?