Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Determination

I love a good inspirational quote. Something to keep you going when the hard times hit.


"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Thomas A. Edison

"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." 
H. G. Wells

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." 
Og Mandino

"Never, never, never give up." 
Winston Churchill

"It always seems impossible until it's done." 
Nelson Mandela


When I first started off on this writing journey almost three years ago, I would curl up in bed at night with my phone, scrolling through Pinterest, looking for inspiration. I would hold on to the words until I started writing again in the morning. There was nothing I couldn't do. I would become a published author, and become a stronger person along the process. I would not let myself get bogged down by rejection. I would swallow it down, try to find a lesson, and keep on writing.

Well let me tell you something. It is easy to read motivational quotes. It is not easy to live them.

Here we are three years later from the first time I sat down and started writing a novel. I've written four complete novels, and half of two others. And based on some recent events, am starting a whole new one. Which to be honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to at first.

It's not that I hadn't had rejection before. Trust me, I don't have enough fingers and toes to count up the amount of agent, then editor rejection I have gone through. Each time, I'd cry a bit, wipe away the tears, then sit right down and write something else. But after a while, even the most determined person can get beaten down.

After a while you wonder how much of it is determination, and how much is you not being smart enough to realize this isn't the job for you. Making that decision is definitely not an easy one.

But for now, determination won out. I'm going to go through this process one more time. With help from my agent, I am crafting a book I am really excited about. Something very different than what I've been working on in the past. Something I hope will be the one to work.

So if you're so inclined. Cross some fingers for me that this book is the one that sticks. The one that becomes the first step in what I hope will be a long novel-writing career.

But at the very least, throughout all this time, I have learned one thing. No matter how hard it is, no matter how long the days feels, no matter how often the word "no" is thrown my way, I'm a lot more determined that I ever thought I could be

Friday, April 14, 2017

What I've Learned

When I first embarked on this writing journey, I really had no idea what to expect, in a lot of ways. I knew that I'd learn a lot about what it takes to write a novel and endless new information about the publishing world. Because when I started, I knew very little.

And those things are true. I'm far more knowledgeable now about self-publishing vs traditional. Knowing what genre you're writing and how your book fits into that category is very important. Writing a first draft is hard, but the real work comes with editing and revising.

But what I didn't expect to learn were things about myself. Like I'm not as patient as I thought I was. How I went years without writing, but since I started, I can't stop. The days I don't write are not as full as the ones I do. I have an innate determination to play the long game and continually push through rejection, refusing to give up until I reach my goal.

Another surprise in this journey, has been the reactions of those around me. I have been absolutely humbled by the support I have received from family, friends, and even those I didn't realize were following along so closely. People have excitedly offered to read my books, and share feedback when finished. Others answer completely random questions I have in expertise only they could share in my story. Friends have reached out, seemingly out of nowhere to offer support and encouragement. Some let me cry over rejection, then bolster me right back up. I have been told the world needs my stories and that my determination is inspiring.

I'm the one who sits in the chair and physically does the writing, pouring my heart onto the page. But this is not a journey I am taking alone. So many are walking beside me, keeping me moving forward when I stumble or fall.

This journey has still barely begun. And in many ways is starting over from scratch as my agent and I begin to edit my newest book to try it's hand at submission, crossing fingers it has more luck than the others. But I know I don't do this alone. And that makes all the difference.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Writing Tips

I've been participating in an IGauthorslife over on Instagram this month {go follow me here!} Each day there is a different topic for us to post a picture of. A few weeks ago, it was our writing tips.

Here are mine!


What are your best writing tips? Leave them in the comments below!