Friends and family call me strong-willed. Stubborn. Pig-headed even.
No better example of this attribute exists than my career as a writer.
Rejections happen to everyone. Whether it is the person just starting out to the famous writer surrounded by book covers.
It can be the publisher, an agent, or a buyer that tosses the book aside in disgust. Every writer wonders if this route is worth the arrows of rejection.
I've had this quote on my desk for many years.
You’re not finished when you’re defeated. You’re finished when you quit.
No one succeeds after they quit. Persistence is the key. Along the way, don’t stop writing but don’t remain in the same spot either. Keep moving. Write the next story rattling around in your head. Improve your craft; never stop learning. Keep reading. Then read some more. Remain optimistic and keep a sense of humor about the whole thing.
You are a writer. That is what you do.
All of us know that the destination is seeing your name on that book cover. The journey to that goal is what strengthens your writing. And your character.
How long should you try? Until. - Jim Rohn
“Never give up. Never surrender.” – Galaxy Quest, Jason Nexsmith.