Never give up. This one should be a given, and I’ve probably mentioned it in passing in earlier posts, but if you want to be a writer — I mean, really want to be a writer — you should never give up, never call it quits, never take no for an answer. Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help was turned down 60 times before it found a literary agency to call home. “What if I had given up at 15? Or 40? Or even 60?” she asks.
Tenacity. Belief in yourself. I was reminded of these important things yesterday when I attended an appearance at my local library by news anchor Richard Rose who recently self-published his first novel Release the Butterfly. Rose had the idea for this novel for 30 years — 30 years! — twice the number of years I spent thinking about Baby Grand. And he never let it go. Even when he couldn’t find a traditional publisher who believed enough in his book to publish it, he self-published and has now written a screenplay for the novel which he envisions as a film.
I always think about my husband — my level-headed, pragmatic husband — when I write these kinds of posts. I imagine him saying, “Dina, be serious, you can believe and believe and believe, but, the truth is, not everyone is going to become a successful novelist.”
My answer to that? Well, somebody will. And who’s to say it won’t be him? Or her? Or me?