Eyes on the Prize! Never say Never! Get ‘er Done! It’s Your Monday Fortune Cookie, 2/24/14
THEY SAY YOU ARE STUBBORN; YOU CALL IT PERSISTENCE.
SNARKY RESPONSE: And sometimes it’s just called not knowing any better.
Despite the snark, I love this fortune. Anyone who has taken the bit in their mouth and pursued something to the end despite the naysayers has to be right there with me.
For folks who stick to their guns regarding dreams and goals, stubborn is the mortar that holds your efforts together. Anyone who’s pulled out a hundred rows of knitting to correct one dropped stitch, anyone who has hauled themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn to put in a couple of miles, anyone who has corrected that bit of paint, clay, or pastel until they captured their subject knows that it’s really stubbornness that pushes them through.
For writers, this is what keeps us sending out that novel, essay, or poem over and over until it finds a home. Even if, in the end, that home is in something you produce on your own. You wanted to get those words into print and by George, you were going to see it happen.
If it was easy, everyone who wrote would be published. Mini-Snark:No, wait! Thanks to some online publishing services, everyone CAN, but there is the matter of quality versus quantity.
The key, for me, is to have made the effort to produce the best possible writing you can, polish it until it gleams, and then put it out there. I see no reason why you can’t sidestep the publisher route and publish on your own, just make sure that it’s worthy of your time and effort as well as the time and effort, not to mention the cash, of your reader.
Persistence is a nice word, a pleasant word, a ‘politically-correct/motivational speaker’ word, but for true – ‘stick-to-it’ness (how would you write that phrase?) – I’m putting my money on Stubborn.
What have you been Stubborn about lately?