Category Archives: Persistence

My Rabbit Hole Summer

Where did the summer go? Here it is, the beginning of October, solidly into fall, and as I look back at this past year, I feel that I have nothing to show for it. What did I do all that … Continue reading

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Thinking About Quitting

The other night, I was thinking, Maybe, I need to give up writing. A shocker, yes? I’ve been writing most of my adult life, having started around the age of 19, but not getting serious about it until 28, when … Continue reading

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Failures IV: 7 Lessons of Failure as a Writer

People look at me and see success. Published in multiple media, in multiple genres, with various awards. With an MFA and a Ph.D., too, but there have been many failures along the way. I have failed so many times I’ve … Continue reading

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Failures Part III

“You learn by failing over and over.” Continue reading

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Failures – Part I

So many times, I’ve witnessed students and new writers exclaim that successful writers never failed. That’s when I would share this list of successful people who failed early in their careers. When I shared this list with my students, immediately … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises … It Does?

“Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises It’s 10 p.m.  I’ve been at my desk 11 hours today, starting the revision of a script I wrote more than a decade okay but had to lay … Continue reading

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Gutting It Out

Two days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a medieval novel that I started almost ten years ago.  What’s really ironic is that most of the writing occurred in the last six months. After a decade of missing … Continue reading

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Managing Potential Submissions

I subscribe to a number of writing newsletters that alert me of contests and open submissions.  As an academic, I get lots of Call of Paper announcements, to which I can submit papers or presentation proposals to journals and conferences.  … Continue reading

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The One Trait Every Writer Needs

is PERSISTENCE! The persistent writer  Submits their[1] work. Accepts rejection. (It’s not personal). Accepts criticism. Wants criticism because they know growth occurs when mistakes are pointed out.  Plus, criticism means the writer engaged the reader, if not hit a nerve. … Continue reading

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