Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you Believe?

I've done lots of posts where I've given writing advice and publishing industry advice and talked about how to refine your craft or survive the ups and downs of this crazy "getting published" dream we're all chasing. But really, it all boils down to one thing:

You have to believe.

- that you are good enough
- that your writing is good enough
- that if you just keep going and don't give up you WILL get there

Does that mean that you will never have to shelve projects or face rejection along the way? Sadly, no. 

It takes time to pick the right project and really push yourself to get it right and then get it in the hands of the right agent who believes in it and gets it in the hands of the right editor who loves it and says I MUST HAVE THIS!

But in order for any of that to happen, you have to believe that it WILL HAPPEN. That's what keeps you going through the difficult revisions and the endless waiting and the heartbreaking rejections--believing that someday, with some project, it WILL HAPPEN. 


So that's my motivational message for the day, I guess. BELIEVE.

I do. I hope you do too. :)

Also: how many of you now have that horrible Cher song stuck in your head? *evil laugh*

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inspiring post. Can you tell me this everyday to help keep me motivated? Just kidding, but it's important to remember this.

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  2. Perfect, Shannon. I recently received completely conflicting advice/opinions about my current YA WIP. It sort of set me on a tailspin. This really helps. TY!

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  3. Great post. I have been thinking a lot about that. It occurred to me that I was giving myself another obstacle by not believing in myself. That seemed foolish. Why place even one more mole hill on my already arduous path?
    I too believe.

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  4. LOL My post on Wednesday was title "I believe . . . ." Basically it was the same thing you're saying. :D

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  5. I didn't even think of that evil Cher song until you said 'evil Cher song'. And now it's stuck. =op

    Other than your evilness at the end, excellent post. It's hard to believe, but I have to. Otherwise, I've just wasted 7.5 years of my life.

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  6. Well, I didn't have the Cher song stuck in my head until you mentioned it! Gee, thanks! JK. I needed this post today! Thank you! It's hard to keep believing...

    Don't stop believing...Journey anyone?

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  7. Grrrr. I did not have the Cher song until you mentioned it! Now I'll be stuck with it all day!

    But at least it's a lovely message...

    Shelley

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  8. Thank you for the encouragement today, as I research more agents. Great post!

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  9. Great, now I do have that Cher song stuck in my head! :p I agree with you 100%, though. Belief is what gets me through the rough patches. I don't even allow myself to give up, even when I want to.

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  10. Actually! I have the "You have to believe we are magic" song from Xanadu. Oh yes!! :-)

    Take care
    x

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  11. No one else can ultimately do that for us but us. Others can push us along but we have to know in ourselves it can happen. :O)

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  12. This could not have come at a more perfect time, Shannon. Thanks! :D

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  13. Thank you for inspiring and reminding where it has to start...

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  14. I so have the Cher stuck in my head. :)

    This was also Baltimore's motto. It started like 10 years ago (I think). It was everywhere. On buildings, benches, etc. You and Baltimore know what you're talking about. ;)

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  15. Man I hate my job. I almost didn't make it to your blog today.

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  16. If you don't believe in yourself, you're screwed, because no one else will then either.

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  17. Thanks for the pep talk, but no thanks for mentioning that song! Augh! I didn't think of it until you mentioned it, at which point it started playing in my head! D:

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  18. Great post, Shannon. I really needed this today. Oh, and I DIDN'T have the Cher song stuck in my head...before I clicked on the link. Now I do. :)

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  19. We all need this reminder sometimes :)

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  20. Thanks so much for the inspirational post and reminder :)

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  22. Thanks for the motivation! Although sometimes it's just really hard to believe.
    I've gotta bookmark this post and comeback everytime I'm down. Haha. :)
    And I totally have the song stuck in my head.

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  23. AAAUUGH! I didn't have that song stuck in my head at all, until you mentioned it right at the end. I'll get you back for this! *shakes fist*

    Awesome post. I do believe - but I wonder all the time if the one I'm working on is really THE ONE, or if I should shelve it for the new shiny thing. I guess that's the writer's curse.

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