Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Perseverance

Perseverance. It's a big word that we all need a lot of. As humans and especially as writers don't you think? I like the way Merriam-Webster defines it: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Talia had to keep working toward a solution even though she wasn't making much progress. What was her other choice? Give up and wait to die? I don't think so.

But you know what? I don't really want to talk about The Magic Wakes today. Nope, I want to talk about the ways we persevere as writers. So many of us are on this journey, all in different spots and often on different paths entirely, but all with the same end goal. We want to share our stories with others. So, whether its a dirt path, cobblestone, asphalt or zipway, we have to find ways to keep moving forward.

I wrote an article for Savvy Authors on this very topic the day my novel was released into the world--Finding the Strength to Journey On. In that post I cover 5 things that I feel are important in my journey, the things that I must always remember in order to keep from giving up.
  • Remember why you write
  • Be willing to learn
  • It's all subjective
  • Prepare for the reality of being a published writer
  • Focus on the positive
Check it out if you'd like to read more.

How/where do you find the strength to keep writing in spite of the obstacles in your way?