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Motivation Part 1

Can you use the negative to push you further in your career?

What if you calmly took a look at the rejections you’ve received from agents, publishers, perhaps even the small hometown newspaper?

And then dug deeper…

What about a friend, co-worker or family member who told you never quit your day job because you can’t write a story worth reading?

How are you feeling? Anything but calm? Are you still with me? I hope so because what I have to say is let them reject, mock, and shake their heads at your choice to write. Use that negativity to drive you, motivate you to be a better writer.

Were you ever told as a child you couldn’t do something? You’re too short to play basketball, you can’t run fast enough for the track team, or perhaps you can’t do the splits so no need to try out for cheerleader?

What did you do?
Did you walk away, give up and never try again?


Did you say under your breath, “I’ll show them.” Then walk out of sight and practice until you knew you could do it even if you never did it front of those who said you couldn’t?

I was one of those people. I had a teacher tell me that I couldn’t write. For a while I suffered in artistic style—you know, moody, pouty and hair hanging over my face. Then I took a notebook and sat under my desk at home and filled it with poetry and short stories. I was going to show that teacher I could write.

I’d like to thank her now. If she had encouraged me then, it would have had a gold star effect. I would have had the acceptance I sought at an early age I would have moved onto something else. But I was meant to write and having someone try to take it away from me made my desire stronger.

So what’s this mean to you?

You, dear writer, have a choice to make. Are you going to let someone tell you that you can’t form a story good enough to share?

Don’t let rejection throw you out of the game of your life. Use it. Throw all your feelings into your work and prove them wrong.

In those rejections was there something suggested that you can practice? Maybe it's the use of a comma or realistic dialogue? Take a class, read books or hire an editor to make your work shine. If you have a dream don't let someone steal it, turn the tables and use it to motivate you.

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