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Persistence. Is That Really The Key?

Persistance. Persistence.

Although I apparently don’t know how to spell it, this word means something to me. Without persistence, I wouldn’t have a completed manuscript, I wouldn’t have a group of writing friends that I’ve come to count on, I wouldn’t have an agent, I would never get to submit my book to publishers, and I would never see it as a finished actual cover-on-the-front book.

I think it’s going to be my 2010 power word. You know that word that you use all year to remind you just what you’re doing and why?

You don’t have a power word?

Dude… get one. My 2009 word was try. I was wimp about just trying new things, and I have to say that I definitely conquered that fear, baby. I couldn’t have done it without the power word.

I talk to so many writers who say things like “I’ve researched three agents, and I plan to send a query to them. If they say no though, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for me.”

Um, what?

You’re just going to give up on your book that you’ve slaved over for the last whoever knows how long because three people said no?

Seriously?

I’m not a big believer in self help books or things like, that but I once watched The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch and he said something that really stuck with me:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!”

They are there to stop the other people. It’s one of those things that changed my way of thinking. How freakin’ true that is. This isn’t supposed to be easy, because if it was–then everyone would be a published author, and that isn’t what I want.

I want to be one of the few, the proud, the mar… oh wait–that’s a whole different topic for another time, but you get what I’m saying.

I think what Pausch was trying to make us see is that you have to make yourself into the kind of person that jumps that hurdle. You have to get past the brick wall, or you’re just like all those other people.

And who wants to be like everyone else?

Rowenna

Wednesday 6th of January 2010

Power word--love it! I think mine has been "perseverance" of late. I have a hard time spelling it, but it makes me feel all resolved when I repeat it to myself. Great blog!

Jamie

Wednesday 6th of January 2010

@Rowenna, ohhh that's a good one too. I am loving the power words. oh yeah.

Elana Johnson

Tuesday 5th of January 2010

My word this year? Patience. Like, I needz it. .-= Elana Johnson´s last blog ..Truthful Tuesday: It's Not All About You =-.

Joan

Tuesday 5th of January 2010

Great post! Thanks for this. I think persistence is a great word. I posted a list of ten words for 2010 on my blog a few days ago. If I had to choose one of them as my power word, I think I'd choose persevere. .-= Joan´s last blog ..Ten for 2010 =-.

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of January 2010

@Joan, ohhh that's good. I like the idea of going with ten though! .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Persistence. Is That Really The Key? =-.

Jess

Tuesday 5th of January 2010

Lovely post! My power word is always BELIEVE, but this year I think it's going to be DO.

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of January 2010

@Jess, oh I like DO :)