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When the Going Gets Tough, Writers Write

23 Jun

town_250Happy Monday to you all.  I hope you found peace and relaxation from this past weekend.  Let’s hit the ground running (cliché, Lizzy) and see what kind of trouble we can stir up.


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge
My apologies for quoting Coolidge. LOL  But in this case, I happen to agree with Silent Cal.


I am an observer of people.  Over the past three years of my writing journey, I have been in touch with many writers.  Something I have noticed is how easily some writers are discouraged by lack of results.  Many who write on writer’s sites like HubPages see their low viewership and decide to quit writing because of what they see as a lack of success.

Others who self-publish books, only to find that nobody bought them, throw in the towel and never publish again.

Writing is a long-term gig.  Instant success is almost non-existent in this business.  You have to build your platform on brick at a time, or in this case, one article, one short story, and one novel at a time.  You have to establish your credentials and pay your dues before real success will visit you.

Do not give up!


If your self-published novel doesn’t sell, then enter it in a novel-writing contest.

If your article does poorly on HubPages or Bubblews, then submit it to magazines and enter contests with it.

And if your writing skills are lacking, then take the necessary steps to improve them.

Just because something you have written is not immediately recognized as good writing does not mean that it is poorly written.  There is more than one way to….wait for it, Lizzy….skin a cat!  For those of you not named Lizzy, I used that cliché on purpose.



Give it a try. Write a paragraph describing this scene.  Maybe you’ll find an article buried in the picture.


Take a moment from your busy day and read this article by my dear friend Lizzy.  This is writing at its most powerful, digging up painful memories and demanding that the reader feel the same pain.  I applaud my dear friend for having the courage to write this, and I highly recommend it to all of you as an example of a writer willing to risk it all to connect with her readers.

The article is called “The Day I Killed My Mother.”

I might add that Lizzy originally posted this on HubPages and has since entered it in a writing contest….good luck, Lizzy, and thanks for proving my point.


Thank you to all of you who have purchased my book, Resurrecting Tobias.  It is now available as a paperback on Amazon.  I ask that you leave a review if you do purchase it.  Thank youbook cover again.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”