Guest Post: Act Successful

[Today mystery author Chris Redding is taking the reins. Enjoy!]

Act Successful

by Chris Redding

I have this thing called A Tool Kit for Writers by Naomi Epel. I use it for writing blog posts.

It has cards and a book. A card will have a phrase on it. The book gives you more detail about the phrase. I’ve actually never used the book. My card while writing this blog?

Act successful.

Not really Earth-shattering. Maybe some of you even went, “Duh.”

I think it is one of those truisms that is so obvious that we forget to do it. It’s almost too easy so it can’t possibly work.

Years ago in college I and several people had pit passes at Pocono Raceway. This was back in the days of Formula One Racing. The group wanted to eat first. One other person and I decided we could eat anytime. We went to the pit.

After we’d been there for a while an announcement was made that all those not on pit crews had to leave. I’m a rule follower so I was going to leave. The person I was with was not a rule follower. He talked me into staying. He told me to act like I belonged.

So I did. At one point I was within ten feet of Mario Andretti. Coolest day of my life.

We did leave, but no one asked us to. We just got hungry.

I think to act successful, you have to do that same thing. You act as if you belong there. This can be for anything, not just writing.

There is another facet to this. Act the way successful people act. People often ask me how I balance it all. I just do. I don’t think about not being able to—I just do. If you think you can’t, you’re right.

What does this all mean? You’ve heard the term fake it until you make it? This is it in a nutshell.


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part-time for her local winery.


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