One of my stated purposes of this blog is to share the ups and down of writing. So go ahead and peek over my shoulder as I write a journal entry…
Recently I’ve had some victories. I believe, in the coming weeks, I’ll have more. In what form did they come? A few weeks back, I sold an article on reducing stress. I sold an article online this week. The subject was savings at the grocery store.
I also received notice that a meditation I submitted to Upper Room was chosen for publication. It will be published in July-August 2014. How did it come about? Well, I can trace the things I have sent out, the pieces I’ve worked on and the contacts that I’ve made, but I think the following statement from Calvin Coolidge fits:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not…Genius will not… Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – (John) Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States
You see, regarding Upper room, I’ve submitted a total of 19 meditations over the last year or so. Of those 19, four had been selected for “hold” and later were not chosen. I had four other ones on “hold” for the final cut, and now one of these four is being published.
I’ve also had 7 devotions accepted for Secret Place in about a year and a half. I have submitted 41 to them. If I’ve had more successes than someone else, I can only attribute it to being willing to fail more often.
To be accepted you have to be willing to be rejected — a lot. (Click to Tweet)
You can’t hit home runs unless you’re willing to strike out. I detailed some more of this continuous submission process in this post – Writing: Shorts, Stats, and Sales. It is an ongoing process isn’t it? Or you could say a process of choosing to keep going on. I’m willing to fail as well as triumph. I realize that determination and courage are not some amazing qualities that only a few possess. You simply give it your best shot, and then do it again.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
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