When a story survives 14 rejections over 2 years to finally find a good home, I can't help but feel awash with relief.Read the whole thing. We often talk about the necessity of perseverance -- excuse me, persperistence -- here at ISLF, but I don't know if we've ever asked a concomitant question: Why bother? After all, unflagging effort doesn't guarantee success. Plenty of worthy writers struggle for the acknowledgment they deserve. Well, the simple answer is that it's the only part of the process that we can directly control. Literary and genre darling Michael Chabon admits as much in a recent article from Writer's Digest: "I like to say there are three things that are required for success as a writer: talent, luck, discipline. … [Discipline] is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two."
According to fellow writer Steve Ramey, perspiration + persistence = persperistence, and that's the formula necessary to succeed as writers. We can't give up on our stories, and we can't lose faith in ourselves, no matter how long it takes for our work to be published.
(Picture: CC 2010 by Ame Otoko; Hat Tip: Brandywine Books)