Every Writer Should Have A Writer's Cat!
Writing doesn''t have to be a solitary pursuit, says Dr. Gary S. Goodman, sales, service and success coach, and best-selling author of 12 books and the Nightingale-Conant audio program, "The Law of Large Numbers How To Make Success Inevitable!" If you write, you should get a cat, for five reasons, says this popular keynote speaker and radio and TV expert commentator!Cleopa, my mostly white, formerly wild cat, is now in training. Already, she meows to get in, has a vast vocabulary for requesting and responding to back scratching and feeding, and tells me when she wants to go outside. But this isn?t her ultimate destiny: It is serving as a writer?s cat. But before exploring her duties in this role, let me give you a little background. Cleopa is not my only pet. I also have Linus, a very hairy sheepdog miniature. If you get a chance to see Tim Allen in Disney?s latest version of ?The Shaggy Dog,? you?ll see a Linus look a like.
Technically, the breed is called the Bearded Collie, and he?s a great guy, my Linus.
But he?s not a writer?s dog; there?s no such thing.
Dogs are way too needy, untidy, and distracting.
That?s why you need a cat. They aren?t.
Here?s why they help you to write:
(1) You can read your stuff to them. They?ll respond in exactly the same way as most editors, with a yawn, at best.
(2) They?re relaxed. That?s what you need to be when you write. As I type these words, my sweet Cleopa is stretched out, leg hanging perilously overboard, on my genuine Eames chair ottoman. She?s the picture of tranquility.
(3) They?re good company, and fairly undemanding. Just watch them; most of the time, they don?t need us at all!
(4) If they had fingers instead of paws, they?d be writers, too. They have the perfect temperament for it.
(5) They?ll give you just enough love and attention, and then they?ll leave you to your work. Dogs can never do this!
So, if you?ve been stuck in mediocrity, you?ve suffered one too many rejections, or you just haven?t found the right voice, try a meow.
It just may be the cat?s pajamas for you!
Dr. Gary S. Goodman, President of Customersatisfaction.com, is a popular keynote speaker, management consultant, and seminar leader and the best-selling author of 12 books, including Reach Out & Sell Someone? and Monitoring, Measuring & Managing Customer Service, and the audio program, ?The Law of Large Numbers: How To Make Success Inevitable,? published by Nightingale-Conant. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, worldwide. A Ph.D. from USC''s Annenberg School, a Loyola lawyer, and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, Gary offers programs through UCLA Extension and numerous universities, trade associations, and other organizations in the United States and abroad. He holds the rank of Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. He is headquartered in Glendale, California, and he can be reached at (818) 243-7338 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.