by Becky Scott
“Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
That’s a quote from Winston Churchill, often misquoted as “Never, ever, ever, ever give up.” The meaning is close enough – don’t give up. As a writer, you must be persistent. Keep going no matter what the obstacles, the naysayers, the writer’s block. Just keep going. Write through it. Pitch those queries. Find your niche.
Being tenacious, unwilling to quit, unable to admit defeat is what keeps me going as a writer. I keep querying through the rejections and eventually someone says yes. I sit down at the computer, day after day, even when I’m not sure what I will write. I write anyway and suddenly the words are there.
My best advice to you as a fellow writer is to keep going. Even when you’re frustrated, even when you’re tired, even when everyone tells you no. Keep going. Keep writing. Remind yourself that you write because you want to, because you love it, because it pays the bills. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you keep pounding away.
Through sheer determination you’ll either find jobs or improve. Just keep writing. Through tenacity and a strong will you’ll make those pitches and eventually someone will give you a chance.
Does that mean you don’t develop your craft? No. You must learn, improve, and be worthy of getting hired. But don’t give up. You won’t get your first pitch, or your second, maybe not even your tenth or twentieth. But keep going. I’m proof – and so are many others on this site – that having faith in yourself and your abilities is what you need. Through the face of rejection, we’ve kept going. And we have the jobs, the gigs, and the work that rewards our determination.
So yes, rejection and endless queries can be frustrating. But if you keep going, keep cold calling, keep querying, keep WRITING you’ll eventually get some positive responses. Never ever, ever, ever give up.
Becky is a freelance writer and editor in San Diego, Ca. She writes about a variety of topics including business organization and productivity, automotive info for women, personal blogging and celebrity real estate gossip. Visit her online at www.beckyscorner.com