The dream of becoming an author through traditional publishing is just not for those with a low tolerance for rejection. As I continue to seek literary agent representation because I just don’t want to give up on it yet, I’m clinging to this:
“I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelations 3:8).
I believe that my desire to do this is firmly rooted in all the right places. I refuse to give up in finding that open door and walking through it. The journey to find it might take longer than I hoped. The door itself might not look like what I envisioned. But I will not give up.
One of the hardest parts of any creative process is deciding whose feedback to let impact your work. I’m learning as I go along, giving some people more of a voice than I probably should and shutting out some that I probably shouldn’t. One person might love my first chapter while another might think it starts off too slowly. One person might think I should start with a flashback while another might think it should jump into the heart of the story immediately. Ultimately, though, the gap is mine to close through revision and constant practice. Eventually it will work. I have faith.
I know this video clip of Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Award acceptance speech has been making the rounds for a months now, but it’s worth watching again. And again. I love the advice he gives us all, but especially teens!