Perseverance … in a Get Rich Quick Society
Now, I could have titled this any number of things:
Perseverance in a Disposal World
Perseverance in an I Want it Now Generation
Perseverance in a Hurry Up Mentality
I’m sure you can understand at least one of these titles. It’s all around us. The concept might differ slightly depending on our age, but it represents the human flesh. I want it, and I want it now!
We can all remember as children waiting very impatiently for Christmas morning, and then wishing it could happen all over again as soon as we unwrapped the last package.
As the school year rolls to an end and summer beckons, it can’t finish fast enough.
As we wait for our: graduation, wedding day, first child, first paycheck. The list is limitless. We always want things to happen on our time schedules.
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if that’s what you expect as a writer, you are probably in the wrong profession, at least for most of us.
When I started out writing some (mumble mumble) years ago, 26, actually, I remember listening to an author who rewrote her story once, sent it to an agent who signed her the next morning, and it was in a publisher’s hands and accepted three weeks later. I just KNEW that was what would happen for me.
Eighteen years later, I had my first novella published.
No, it generally doesn’t take eighteen years, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
My point is this, and only this. Perseverance is key to staying the course. You have to know that you are called for more than a big advance or bestseller. You are called to write the stories in your head. If not, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your reasons for writing in the first place. Yes, it can all happen, but what is your exact reason for penning a story?
If you are called, then nothing should stand in your way. Not rejection, not bad reviews, not bad critiques. If you have to revisit your work, so be it, but never stop writing.