Writing is hard. There are more rejections than acceptances…there are times when you wonder whether you can do this…whether to keep going…whether it’s all worth it.
For me, it definitely is. There is nothing more rewarding than having someone love/be moved by/relate to what you have written.
Today I want to celebrate the success of three talented people who are very dear to me, who have worked so hard at their writing – and never given up.
My wonderful writerly friend, Kat Apel has had some setbacks in her writing recently so it was thrilling to see her take out the published author first place in this year’s CYA competition.
Kat has an inspiring post up at her blog about what this win means to her. She is a talented author who writes from the heart and her work deserves to be read. I hope she finds a publisher soon for her fabulous winning verse novel, Bully on the Bus.
Writing friendships are so important to keep us on track and motivated – and Kat and Karen Collum are two of the best friends a write could have.
Karen is also someone who works hard at her writing, looking after four young children at the same time …and often going without sleep.
Congratulations Karen on coming second in the CYA comp. I was very excited to come third in this category and stand on the ‘virtual podium’ alongside these two amazing ladies.
Many of you will know Jackie as the editor of PIO…a fabulous resource for kid’s writers in Australia. Jackie is also a wonderful poet. (You can find out more about her at her blog)
Jackie has kept writing and entertaining kids and adults with her hilarious poetry for years so it’s wonderful to be able to congratulate her on having her first picture book accepted by Walker Books. I can’t wait to read it.
Jackie has written a fabulous post, Never Give Up. Read her inspiring story here
Proud Mum alert warning here!
The third writer whose success I wanted to celebrate is my son, Nick who also placed in the CYA competition (Hatchlings) with his comedy adventure novel, Family Issues.
Now 13, Nick started this novel when he was 11 and is currently on his fourth rewrite. I am so proud of his persistence and I love the honest and lively way he writes.
I’m so proud and honoured to know these fabulous writers and I know that their success is a combination of talent and sheer hard work.
Here are some tips to help you when the going gets tough:
- Realise that you are not alone…every writer goes through ‘low points’. These are what make the ‘high points’ so special.
- Accept that writing is hard and subjective and just because your work gets rejected, that’s one person’s opinion and someone else may love it.
- Keep writing
- Keep writing
- Keep writing
- Find a writing buddy or group (real or virtual) that you can share your disappointments and successes with. It really helps to both vent and to celebrate
- If the words aren’t coming, start something new. Work on something you are excited about.
- Don’t expect overnight success but know that talent, hard work and persistence does pay off.
- Go to conferences and writing workshops where you will find yourself being inspired by other writers.
- Measure your success by creating something you are happy with. Don’t base your feelings of self-worth on the opinions of other people.
Happy writing and wishing you much writerly success:)