“…there’s a hormone secreted into the bloodstream of most writers that makes them hate their own work while they are doing it, or immediately after. This, coupled with the chorus of critical reaction from those privileged to take a first look, is almost enough to discourage further work entirely.” –Francis Ford Coppola, “Letter to the Reader,” Zoetrope magazine
ALMOST Such a small word, but to a writer it is the difference between giving up and persevering. In my Flip Dictionary other words suggested for perseverance are: constancy, continuance, dedication, determination, diligence, drive, endurance, grit, insistence, patience, persistence, resolution, spunk, stamina, steadfastness, tenacity. All of which are necessary in a writer’s life.
So all of you writers out there — pick up the pen and write something. No matter how much. One word, paragraph, page or chapter at a time. It all adds up and surpasses the almost for submitted. Because, as Kat will remind us, you can’t publish what you don’t submit!
Angela D. Meyer lives in NE with her husband and two children whom they homeschool - recently graduating their son. She has taught Bible class for over 35 years and is on the leadership team of her local Christian writers group. She loves God, her family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.