Writers Need Persistence

13 Mar

003Welcome back on this Thursday.  I’m in a good mood. I finished my first re-write on the novel and only have one more to do which should go quickly.  It’s a good feeling and if you have written a novel you understand….if not then I hope you can experience it at some point.

I’ll do the last re-write next week and then it will be time to gather volunteers to read my novel and make suggestions.  After that stage is over it will be time to coordinate it all, seek out agents and publishers, and get it ready for ebook format. Sheez, when will it ever be done? Well, I’m guessing the end of April if all goes well.

I’m still searching for a final title. The working title, “The Long Walk Home” has been used before and I have no desire to fight that battle, so I’ll spend the next week or so deciding on a title I can live with that has not been used before.

In other words, this process seems endless but oh so rewarding.


Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

Thomas Carlyle
Well thank you Mr. Carlyle and I happen to agree, Sir!


I mentioned in a recent article that I didn’t know what I would do if this new novel wasn’t successful.  I have already stated that this is as good as I am capable of writing….so what if it isn’t good enough? What message does that send?

Well, the fact is that I am an infinitely better writer today than when I wrote my first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday and Today,” and I will be infinitely better three years from now.  What will I do if this new novel is not successful?  I will keep writing.  Why?  Simply because I am a writer and that’s what writers do…they write.


I don’t know if my approach to novel writing is unique or not. I just know it works for me.  I write the entire story on my first write; what I end up with is the bare bones of the story, the plot, the subplots and the chronology.

On the first re-write I fill in character descriptions and scene descriptions.

On the second re-write I add the last bits of depth to the story.


Say hello to Graham Lee from sunny Lancashire, England. On HubPages his profile name is Old Albion and you can find him here.


Thank you as always for taking the time to read my random thoughts on writing. Hopefully you found something here that will help somewhere down the road.  Remember to pay it forward to other writers.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”




21 Responses to “Writers Need Persistence”

  1. Janine Huldie March 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    So happy you got to finish your rewrite and hope this last one goes smoothly and quickly.m also love the working title, too. Happy Thursday once again, Bill 🙂

    • Billybuc March 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks Janine but I’m afraid I have to change the title…oh well! 🙂 Have a great day my friend.

  2. 1authorcygnetbrown March 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Some days I understand why some authors turned to drugs and alcohol. Every day, we writers examine and spill our innermost thoughts and feelings. Writing in itself can seem like a drug though. I think I am addicted to writing. I trudge through those days of writing drudgery because there are those moments of inspiration that draw me to new heights. Like you, I write because I am a writer, and I am a writer because I write.

    • Billybuc March 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      I’m laughing at your first statement, Donna, and I really shouldn’t be….but yes, I understand. And those moments of inspiration are magical, aren’t they?

      • 1authorcygnetbrown March 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

        They certainly are.

  3. Graham Lee March 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi Bill. Thank you for your kind introduction. This simply reinforces what I have said elsewhere. One of the very best.

    • Billybuc March 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Graham, it really is my pleasure. I hope you see some traffic and meet some new friends.

  4. froggy213 March 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Yes, persistence is very important for we writers to have. Good post Bill

  5. Clear-eyed Sky March 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Rooting for you, Pops!

    • Billybuc March 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      You better be, Lizzy. If I make it big then you make it big with the cover artwork. :)….seriously…I know you are and I love you for it.

  6. marlenebertrand March 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I like your approach to writing… just write it! Fill in the minutia later.

    • Billybuc March 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      Marlene, I was accused on more than one occasion when I was younger of thinking too much. LOL No danger of that now.

  7. Shauna L Bowling March 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Wow, you made it thru the first edit rather quickly. If this book is half as entertaining as the first, it’ll be a best seller. I couldn’t put The 12/59 Shuttle down. I look forward to this one, whatever the title may be!

    • Billybuc March 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Thanks Sha! I don’t know if it was quick or not….I’m getting impatient to get this thing done. LOL Have a great weekend my dear friend.

  8. Melanie Chisnall March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Bill! That’s got to be telepathy, I just started writing here when I saw your comment on my blog, thank you! 🙂 I like “The Long Walk Home” but sure you’re going to come up with an even better title – and so good that you’re doing it when the book is finished too. I can’t believe it’s just around the corner – very exciting. And yes my friend, we can only do our best. As long as you’re happy with what you’ve done that’s all that matters. I for one can’t wait till you let us know it’s available. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Billybuc March 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank you so much, Mel! It is a long, tiring process, but one I love very much. I’m already planning my next book, so I must love it. 🙂 Enjoy your rest and relaxation….go have a nice glass of wine in the countryside.

  9. Ruchira Khanna March 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    honestly, I love your title Bill even if it has been used before cause it has so much depth in it and any one in a mood for some retrospection in life…will love it too.

    I wish you the best and many more titles friend 🙂

    • Billybuc March 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Thank you Ruchira. I’m not sure what I’ll do about the title, but I still have some time to ponder it.

  10. Liz March 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    What a peaceful, beautiful photo of the lakeside cabin. Thank you for sharing. My brain will tuck it away for future inspiration, should the muse not strike today.

    • Billybuc March 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it, Liz! That was my home about six years ago and it was very peaceful indeed.

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