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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Never Give Up

“It seems important to me that beginning writers ponder this—that since 1964, I have never had a book, story or poem rejected that was not later published. If you know what you are doing, eventually you will run into an editor who knows what he/she is doing. It may take years, but never give up. Writing is a lonely business not just because you have to sit alone in a room with your machinery for hours and hours every day, month after month, year after year, but because after all the blood, sweat, toil and tears you still have to find somebody who respects what you have written enough to leave it alone and print it. And, believe me, this remains true, whether the book is your first novel or your thirty-first.”

Joseph Hansen memo, from Rotten Reviews

13 comments:

Paige said...

Encouragement ... exactly what I needed this morning!

Sarah Chafin said...

Very encouraging. Thank you for sharing!

Mama J said...

This is something I have to remind myself all the time but especially when a new rejection lands on the doormat/in my inbox.

Julie Luek said...

I keep getting this message from various sources-- blogs, what I'm reading, quotes online. It must be a message I am meant to soak in.

Sharon Himsl said...

Thank you! Very encouraging. I love my new blog community:)

Kim Van Sickler said...

We just have to keep taking breaks so we don't go stark raving mad shut up in our little room until we're discovered.

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

So it's a marathon not a sprint? Gotcha. We're in it for the long haul ;)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Thanks for sharing. Keep moving forward. You never regret trying your best.

NotesFromNellie said...

Thanks sooo much for posting!

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Great post and a pleasure to read.

Yvonne.

New House Girl said...

Hello! After finding you through the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2013, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please find more information about this at my blog's Reflections Post on the A-Z of Blogging Challenge. Congratulations!
Alicia

shelly said...

I needed this this morning since I'm asking myself lately, why I'm torturing myself. But ideas keep coming.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

shelly said...

I tried your Liebster Award link. It didn't work. ***shrugs***

Thanks for thinking of me.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly