Food For Thought (a.k.a. A Writely Kick in The Rear)


I remember reading an article by a very successful author who said he got rejected and rejected and rejected, so he went indie. He self published, and book after book didn’t sell. He eventually had about six indie titles not selling and was about to give up, but he hung on and kept struggling forward. His next book did well and the next one did even better, and he was soon writing full time and never looked back.

And I sat there thinking, what if he’d have given up after that fifth book! Or the fourth!

He is living the dream because he stayed strong when it wasn’t easy.

Can you do that?


25 thoughts on “Food For Thought (a.k.a. A Writely Kick in The Rear)

  1. I just wrote a whole blog on my thought process on this. It’ll be up in a few weeks. But I will distill for you, here….
    The thing is, talent, ability to write, whatever you call it, is such a small part of being a successful author. Keeping on in the lean times, that’s where the rubber meets the road.

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  2. I love writing as much as I love painting or a nice glass of Chianti. It’s so healing for me. It’s what keeps me alive. It’s something I could never stop doing, even if I went blind.
    I no longer write for me though, or for fame, or to be noticed among men. I write for a Higher Power that I call Abba Father. Not trying to sound religious…Not that I wouldn’t welcome fame or wealth or validation for my work, because I would. I do.
    I’m validated every time I get a letter or card in the mail or a quick email expressing how I shuffled words together in such a way that they can forgive their absent father or heal from sexual assault ,low self esteem, or feeling invisible .
    The power of words is incredible!
    We can make ppl feel wonderful, scared, anxious, weepy, angry and so on.
    A wise quote says, “ faith without works is dead.”
    So, yes, we have to keep working and sending out our babies in hopes that one day someone will say, “ hey that’s one good lookin kid!” 😁
    And so we wait, but give up? Never! There’s so much more to this thing called author.

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