Maybe you think you want it bad but
there are no maybes on this road.
is simple, sheer determination.
every example of an overnight success, there are hundreds of lives spent
working hard and dreaming big and never finding success. Realize this but don’t
let it stop you.
the inspiration from an amazing novel sparked an interest. Perhaps the feeling
you had sitting inside a theater watching a tale lit a fuse. Perhaps you’re
trying for the same sort of thing those stories gave you.
know this. Being moved and moving others are two very different things. And
they’re certainly not equal.
will be bad days. And there will be worse ones. No matter where you’re at and
who you are, there will be moments of self-doubt. There will be questions and
feelings and frustrations. Be determined. Don’t let your feelings control your
will reach roadblocks. You will be ignored. You will be slighted. You will be
put on hold.
let those who don’t believe allow your own faith to start to fade.
through it. Day after night after day.
you want to write, write. If you want to try and be published, then try and be
published. If you want to try for something great, decide and then go do it.
page is an opportunity. Every story an open door.
life is not fair. Opportunities don’t always come. Talent is subjective. People
are quirky. Timing often doesn’t make sense.
up and do your homework then cast it all to the wind because at the end of the
day, this publishing world doesn’t often make sense. Things work and things
fail. There is no science or mathematical formula.
the things you alone can control. Things like your work ethic. Your
persistence. Your growth. Your emotions. Your fears.
is something inside of you that wants to do this and there are reasons why. Use
the abilities God has given you. But realize it’s a broken world. The dreams in
your head often times don’t match the words on the page. The hard work and
glorious ideas often times seem brittle and dull when finally put in story
brave and don’t give up. Write the story you want to write. Write the story you
have to write.
ever let anybody tell you it’s a pipe dream.
ever let anybody tell you they’re just naïve thoughts from a wannabe writer.
ever—ever-let anybody take those dreams
and desires and belittle them. Especially if they’re a seasoned pro.
five years now, I’m still dreaming.
five years now, I’m still pouring out my heart.
five grueling years into this fulltime writing campaign, I still fight the
daily battles and hope to win the war.
feel fortunate, and blessed, and open to what God wants.
still believe. And I say that on one of the toughest days yet in those nearly
still believe and so should you.
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