Submitted by BOM Kathryn Trattner
This time of year we’re all talking about New Year’s resolutions. Maybe in the past we’ve made them but haven’t stuck with them. Maybe we said no Diet Coke and ten minutes later beat the vending machine at work up because it ate our dollar and we really wanted that soda. Look at it this way—the vending machine eating your dollar was really just the universe helping you keep your resolution.
Sometimes it isn’t that easy. We aren’t always going to have butthead vending machines thwart our cravings or a looming deadline enforced by someone else or an alarm going off demanding our focus and attention. I don’t know about you but I tend to treat deadlines I give myself as soft. They’re flexible. I look at the calendar and think, wasn’t I supposed to have something done by last Friday? Oh well, I’ll get it done next week.
But something I thought I could keep up with this year is the act of perseverance.
Specifically perseverance in writing. I keep hearing that writing is all about this act. I’m testing that advice.
If I submit my work to enough agents, enough literary magazines, enough editors, enough readers, someone is going to love it. Not only love it, but someone is going to want to publish it. It’s the law of averages. Eventually the odds are going to be in my favor.
This isn’t the easiest thing. Rejection sucks. You write something (I write mostly fiction) and that’s a part of you, that’s your thinly disguised soul on the page and it gets turned down over and over. Until the magical happens, until someone says yes. YES. Suddenly you feel like Sally Field accepting her Oscar, You like me! You really like me!
But the act of perseverance can also be applied to other aspects of your life. You might not be a fiction writer but you want to give up sugar instead or start walking the dog every evening or read every single Stephen King book despite your dislike of horror. I have one word for you: Persevere!
What about you? What’s your New Year’s, New You, resolution going to be? And do you think you’ll be able to stick with it?
Blogger of the Month Kathryn Trattner is a reader, writer, and busy mom. She lives and writes in Oklahoma City supported by three cats, two kids, and one husband. Find her at kathryntrattner.com but she won’t be there, you know, in person. She’s probably hiding under the covers with a flashlight and a book.