My friend and fellow author Erika Mailman has declared March 19 official “Keep Your Chin Up Day for Writers” – an observance I wholeheartedly support.
Erika’s post is here, and you should go read it. Every word.
Writing a novel is difficult, but some days it feels like nothing compared to the strength an unpublished (read: not-yet-published) author needs to keep moving forward in the face of rejection.
Becoming a published author takes years of practice, patience and perseverance, and many an author has failed to reach the goal because (s)he just didn’t have the strength to rise from one more fall.
Don’t let that be your fate.
When life pushes you down call a friend – preferably a fellow author – and talk it through. Have coffee. Eat a cupcake. Take the dog for a walk or talk to a child who loves you. Remember that failure is not what defines you – writing is.
Then brush off your ego, raise that chin, and put your fingers back on the keys. In the publishing version of “last man standing” (last man sitting?) only the dedicated and determined reach the goal. Be one of them.
One of us.
Big thanks to Erika* for reminding me to share this important message again, and often. Hang in there. Keep working. Never, ever give up.
*For those who might not remember, Erika is the author of Woman of Ill Fame and The Witch’s Trinity. My review of The Witch’s Trinity is here.