It was three years ago that I finished my first novel. I have not been idle in that time. I have gathered some beta readers, done countless revisions and in the last year started the journey of learning to write queries and sending them off.
This idea to be a published writer comes with a lot of things attached to it. One of the biggest is rejection. I like the phrase, "Getting published is not a sprint it's a marathon." Each time I get a critique I try to use it and grow from it. That isn't to say it is never discouraging, but I am finding the more I write, the more I know I am supposed to be a writer.
With this knowledge I am learning to face things in a better light. I am growing thicker skin every day and also learning how to take some advice and leave others. This is a process and anyone going through it with me I just want to say stay strong, because people do give up and for every manuscript thrown in the fire one more makes it to the next level.
Here are my I will persevere songs this month.
This is excellent, excellent advice. I especially love how you say, "...the more I write, the more I know I am supposed to be a writer." So true. Thanks for this.ReplyDelete
Yeah it gets hard sometimes, but like R. A. Salvatore said, "If you can quit, quit, if you can't you're a writer."Delete
Now that's the spirit! Before Brandon Sanderson became famous, we spoke about this very thing. His advice? Never give up. That's been my motto ever since.ReplyDelete
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That's awesome he is one of my favorite authors, I have learned so much just from watching his classes and interviews. Thanks for joining.Delete
I've tagged you in a round of blog tag :) Post will be up on Thursday! Your blog is great :DReplyDelete
Cool, and thank you.Delete
This is so great, and exactly how you know you're on the right track. I know the exact feeling; it can be so difficult to get rejected or a bout of hard critique, but we need it. :)ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, forged through fire. Thanks for the comment.Delete
Good luck, Brandon! I love those words: The Writing Spirit. It sounds like you're a warrior. That's how I want to be, too, and I'll keep fighting and persevering. It's no small feat to finish a novel. Many aspiring authors don't even get that far. Then putting it out there in the world for criticism and rejection is a brave act, indeed. Stay strong and thanks for the inspiration today.ReplyDelete
By the way, I tagged you for The Lucky Seven Challenge on my blog today: purdiewriting.blogspot.com :-)
This is definitely a marathon! Like you, the more I write, the more I know I couldn't give it up. Rejection stinks, but it sure helps me improve. Hope you get some great feedback at writeoncon. :)ReplyDelete
ty, yeah it has been great. I a, really enjoying the critiques as they are showing me a lot.Delete
Learning to listen to advice and then making a decision about whether or not to take it is an important step.ReplyDelete
Well said, Brandon. Writing's a sometimes long and tedious trip. We have to remember why we're subjecting ourselves to the sometimes dark aspects - because we're called to it. Rock on, Dude.ReplyDelete
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Three years and it sounds like you're still going strong. With your positive attitude, you're bound to get that acceptance letter someday. :)ReplyDelete