So many great authors give us incredible stories of every kind of genre. Famous writers with abilities we can only dream of developing. A writer must want something enough to maintain the motivation to put a story together. Life just seems to get in the way.
We all have doubts and reasons why we cannot write a book and become published. You may have a small child and have been in an abusive marriage and recently divorced. You may have suffered a loss of a loved one and then find yourself without a job. Now you might find yourself depressed and contemplating an unspeakable act upon yourself to end such a terrible plight.
These are all good reasons to convince yourself that you are incapable of writing anything worth writing. Right?
I know of a single mom who suffered all of these frustrations and as luck would seem to have it was sitting on a delayed train. While waiting for the rest of another miserable scenario to pay out she suddenly had an idea. A vision really, one so vivid and complete she began to write it down.
That was the day when she began to climb from the rubble that was her life. With nothing more to hold her back, availing her freedom that came from so much loss, she wrote. Every day she spent 3 or as many as 11 hours typing on a typewriter, Many of the stories and characters were inspired by her life.
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”
When she finished, she sent the story to publishers and each rejected it. She persisted.
“My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!”
When a young girl, who was the daughter of the first publisher who accepted the book, was given a copy and demanded the next one after reading it, money was given to the author to continue her work.
Her books began to sell over ten million copies on the day of release. They have brought in billions of dollars.
This is the story about J.K. Rawling. The author of “Harry Potter”
“I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it.”
Write because you enjoy it. Write because you have something to tell. Find out who you are and what your plans are as a writer. Persist in your goals however big or small and motivate yourself accordingly. Whatever life brings, be yourself; A writer. Persistence writes a book.
I was brought back to reality when writing this article because J.K. Rawling and I were born on the same day, July 31, 1965. I gotta start taking the train!
*Quotes by J.K. Rawling (For more about her visit- http://www.jkrowling.com/ )
About The Author
Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.
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