G is for Grit
It's Monday. That means the start of another long work week and, oh yeah...the second week of the A-Z Challenge. I'm a morning person, but not an early in the week person. Usually I'm at work before 6 AM, and on my days off I get a heck of a lot of writing done before the sun peeks over the horizon. But when it comes to the work week, I struggle through the first couple days and my disposition improves considerably after I begin that slide down the back half of the Wednesday hump. I tell you all that just to let you know I'm in a mood, and it's not a particularly good mood, so I'm going to talk plain today, borderline blunt, and I'm sorry if it puts some of you off.
Here's the thing...if your goal is to become a bona fide published writer, I mean you're really serious about it...then it's going take some GRIT.
This isn't news to those of us who've been pursuing this dream for more than a couple years, in fact I bet quite a few of you are nodding your heads right now. The rejections alone will test your intestinal fortitude, and I'm not just talking about the ones you'll receive from agents and publishers. Your critique partners and beta readers (if they're worth their salt) will also give you negative feedback that will test your resiliency. There will be times when you'll feel so alone, so naked, so out-classed, so insecure (just as Alex), that you'll doubt yourself and every bit of the positive reinforcement those closest to you provide. Your struggle, at times, will feel like it's moving up a steep hill, fighting against hurricane force winds, with 100 pound dumb weights strapped around your waist.
And all you'll have to keep you from quitting...is GRIT.
How much GRIT do you possess? Some say that determination is a second-cousin to GRIT, but GRIT can only be measured by the difficulties you've actually weathered. Want to demonstrate your GRIT, then I'll see you back here tomorrow...and next week...and next month...and next year.
Sure, just showing up won't make you a published writer. But unless you do, and that takes GRIT, then I guarantee you won't be.
Did you realize that I’m holding a contest during the Challenge? No? You can read all about it HERE.