On Becoming an Author: Stuck in a Construction Zone

What keeps authors going? Is it their love of the craft of writing? Is it a desire to tell a great story?  The solitary hours of thinking and writing can eventually overwhelm a potential author. Not to mention, but I will, the piles of form rejections “…sorry for the responding with this form letter but due to the thousands of manuscripts we get…”

In this season of giving I give you a few quotes to help you push towards the finish line. Many have helped me in my role as a professional re-writer of a story I wrote two years ago. May these help you motivate yourself into finishing what you enthusiastically started.

“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous

The story you are writing should do the same. Make sure each scene is memorable and pushes the story towards its conclusion. You want to hook your readers from the start.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown

There are a lot of doubts and ‘what if’s’ that creep into an author’s mind. What if I fail? How will I look in front of family and friends? Let go of that and just write the best story possible. Analyze each scene and paragraph to make it better. In the end you will have something you are proud to share.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

I first thought the turn around time for becoming a published author was a few minutes after 3 months. Crafting a solid story is hard work. It takes constant reading on your own along with numerous critiques and edits. Work hard but expect years to make your baby into a grown-up ready to meet the world.

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

I turned each rejection, each unfathomable suggestion, into a positive. I did this by letting it sit for a day or two before re-looking at my story and deciding for myself if I should drop, rewrite, or keep a scene or often a chapter I spent hours writing. Most of the time the feedback and critiques were correct and the changes I eventually made created an even better story.

I will leave you with a few more. Print them out and put them close by.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success. Dale Carnegie

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. Lydia M. Child

Finally one I heard many years ago from my mentor…Success never happens without a little bit of struggle.

Good luck and keep strong.


About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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