Elana Johnson's new book, SURRENDER, I'm posting today about a time when I did surrender...and also didn't.
I never wanted to be a writer. I didn't think it was something I'd ever enjoy...but at a tough time in my life, my head filled up with a story and it wouldn't go away. So I wrote it down, and I loved every moment of it.
It was a story that saved me in some ways. It kept me sane when my life was anything but...and I loved it. Then like most 1st books, I realized it wasn't very good.
I rewrote it from scratch three times and did at least fifteen rounds of hard-core revisions. By the time I finished, there wasn't a single page that was the same one I started out with.
Then I queried and got request after request(Yay!)...and rejection after rejection.(Boo!)
There was a simple truth that I had to accept: Even with all my hard work and everything I'd learned, my book still wasn't good enough.
So, I was faced with two choices:
1 - Surrender the fight to be published.
2 - Surrender the fight to be published with this book.
You know which one I chose, and I'll be forever glad that I did. I wrote another book and kept going, kept writing, and kept getting better.
See, the truth is, all aspiring authors have a reason, a temptation...even a hunger to surrender on a regular basis. There are millions of hurdles on the path to publication, and I'm just talking about one of mine, but know this...it takes strength and drive to keep going.
No matter where we are on the journey -- We are driven. We are strong. -- Because we're still trying.
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