Why perseverance is essential as a writer

Hi peeps, I hope that you’re all doing well. This week I thought I’d share my writing blog post that was published on the Writers Bureau website on 13th November 2020. Just in case any of you missed it.

Writing can be extremely rewarding. To see your name in print is a thrilling experience, but do not be deceived – writing is a difficult thing to do. Writing is challenging and the competition is fierce, so achieving success is more difficult now than it used to be. Particularly since lockdown where more and more people have either started writing or picked it back up again.

This is where perseverance with your writing comes in. To persevere, means to keep doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

It’s easy to start a writing project because it’s new and exciting but once you start to receive one rejection after the next it can be disheartening.

This happened to me recently. I had been plodding along sending off pitch after pitch to magazine editors, non-fiction book proposals to publishers, sent loads of proposals to try to get an agent. I got one rejection after the next if I got an answer at all. I couldn’t even get a letter published.

This went on for over one year. I began to write less and less then suddenly discovered I had given up without realising it. The only thing I was writing regularly were my blog posts.

If I had one piece of advice to give you, it would be, do not give up! Persevere and eventually you will reap the rewards of having something published. After all, this is what we desire, isn’t it?

Persistence pays off. The best thing to do would be to send work out, then move onto the next piece of writing and try not to think about what you have sent out. Keep a record of what you have sent out so that you can keep track of everything but don’t dwell on it.

Maybe you haven’t had anything published yet or you have just started out on your writing course, if so, bear in mind that rejection will come at some point but don’t let it get the better of you.

Perhaps you started your writing course years ago and life got in the way. Can I encourage you to pick it back up again?

This happened to me. I started my Writers’ Bureau course in the early 1990’s, then plodded along slowly until I got stuck on an assignment, then never went back to it. Nineteen years later, I decided to pick it back up again. While I was completing it, I managed to secure a book deal and my first non-fiction book, Jacob taking hold of God’s blessing was published in 2017 by CWR https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cover-Bible-Study-Taking-Blessings/dp/1782596852/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=taking+hold+of+God%27s+blessing&qid=1603969309&sr=8-1. I was over the moon, but had I not returned to my studies, this would not have happened.

This can be your story too! Don’t be put off by what is going on in the world, just send work out because you never know, it may be accepted.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share,

Sarah.

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