by Michele Young-Stone
A good many years ago, a dear fellow writer friend sent me a quote that I keep above my desk. "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." Stephen King
Ain't it the truth!
Last night, I visited with a wonderful Mommy and Me book club, and I remembered having met one of the members two years ago. She said to me last night, "I contacted you about visiting my other book club, and I never heard back from you."
Me? I would never do such a thing. Then, the hard work bit about writing came back to me. When I met this wonderful woman, I was in writer hell, deep in the woods of a novel I thought I would never finish. Now, the hell is practically a distant memory. My final pass pages for the novel, ABOVE US ONLY SKY, will
'It is the hard work and the perseverance that gets us to the finish line.' Not talent. Not genius. Chutzpah!
So, to all the wannabe published novelists out there: Don't give up!!! Never.
Talent really is cheaper than table salt. I write this with gratitude and love to my family, friends, and fellow writers for supporting me when I am lost in that deep dark forest of creation.