Persistence is Key

I'm a writer in Antigua. I did a local radio show this week and the lone caller came with a trio of questions one of which was my advice to other writers. I think I said something about reading a lot, writing a lot, and persistence. There're more profound things I could have said perhaps - like living, because life is the substance of literature. But looking back, what I said is a fair sum up of my journey. I began as an avid reader, losing myself in book after book and learning the craft in the process; writing and writing, much of it bad, before eventually getting to the good; but through it all - including the inner voice insisting this is a ridiculous and impossible path, and the many rejections and dismissals feeding that voice - picking myself up and pressing on has been key. To this day, as a working writer, I have to remind myself to look around mark the milestones, remind myself that I might not be where I'd love to be but I'm not where I started; and, if I persist, well who knows...

But let me not re-invent the wheel. I invite you to read a blog I wrote on the topic of rejections and how it's not the final word on worth. Here is 'If You squint and tilt Your Head, You can see the Upside'

This is an article written by a member of the SheKnows Community. The SheKnows editorial team has not edited, vetted or endorsed the content of this post. Want to join our amazing community and share your own story? Sign up here.
comments

More from entertainment

Entertainment
by Jessica Hickam | 15 hours ago
Entertainment
by Jessica Hickam | 15 hours ago
Entertainment
by Lauren Kelly | 20 hours ago
Entertainment
by Lauren Kelly | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Madeleine Somerville | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Kenzie Mastroe | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Kristyn Burtt | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Kristyn Burtt | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Kristyn Burtt | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Kristyn Burtt | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Allie Gemmill | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Allie Gemmill | 2 days ago
Entertainment
by Alyssa Giannone | 3 days ago
Entertainment
by Alyssa Giannone | 3 days ago
Entertainment
by Kenzie Mastroe | 3 days ago
Entertainment
by Jessica Hickam | 3 days ago