Q is for Quit
Quit verb - to stop, cease, or discontinue: to depart from; leave (a place or person): to give up or resign; let go; relinquish: to release one's hold of (something grasped).
You know what’s interesting? It’s that nowhere in the above definition does the word failure appear, but for whatever reason that is what quitting has become associated with. A lot of us consider it a four letter word, especially when going after something we really want. But when it comes to chasing a dream, the word almost certainly disappears from our vocabulary. The negative connotation swirling around it is so strong that we’ll even try subterfuge to avoid using it. “I’m taking an extended break”; “I’m in a time-out”; or my favorite…“I’ve decided to go in another direction”.
I don’t think I’ve met an aspiring writer/blogger yet that hasn’t had to quit something related to their craft at some point or another. With what we do, it’s too easy to get overwhelmed and need to back away and regroup every now and again. I myself have “paused” several times during my four years of blogging, and I even QUIT once. That’s why I have the 2.0 at the end of Cruising Altitude. I grew tired of spinning my wheels, so upset with being unable to improve the quality of the material I was creating that I threw in the towel…vowing not to return until I had made significant progress. When I did return five months later, I rebooted my blog with the 2.0 suffix to remind myself where I had once been.
Yes…I quit, but I did not fail. My books will be published someday and you’ll read all about that here. But I will say this; the five months I was away did come at a steep price. There were numerous long-time followers and people I interacted with frequently before I quit, that never came back. That is something I will always regret, but I take solace in the realization that my writing improved so much during that time away.
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