Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blast from the OA Past: Never Give Up. Never Surrender.

"You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence."
Octavia Butler

No matter how much we love it, writing is hard. If anyone says anything different then I want what they're having. But, despite the (occasional) tough moments, you write. You make the time to sit at the computer to type those words day after day. You edit, rewrite, query. You go through the rainbow of emotions that accompany it. 

You smile at requests. You file away the rejections. You shelve manuscripts you love. You write scenes and dialogue on scraps of paper/cereal boxes/text messages. You balance your real life with your fictional ones. You write. You persist. And that is the important thing. 

Never give up. Never surrender.  

You are a writer. 

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