“A dream written down becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes reality. Today my goal for the past 4 years, well 5, thanks to COVID becomes a reality!…” Leanne Smith
Leanne Smith represented the U.S. in the breaststroke at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Smith who suffers from dystonia (a neurological muscle disease that causes painful and uncontrollable muscle spasms) is one heck of a planner and competitor. When I read what she wrote about making it down the path to the big games, I was so impressed that I copied her words and tried to put them into my own context as a writer.
As I wrote this next book that’s coming out in October 2021, I did a lot of research about paraplegia, and I never failed to find inspiration in the lives of those who have had life-altering events that threatened to derail their cherished plans. It seemed that the more challenges these people encountered, the more they pushed to succeed in making their goals. That’s something I’ve tucked away to remember when my plans derail. Instead of giving up, I’ll remember what I’ve learned from writing this book about those who don’t have give up in their vocabulary.
And now the winners from my month-long contest to celebrate the publication of this next book.
Signed Books/ eBooks (for international winners)
Cathrina Constatine, Mary Aalgaard, Sandra Cox, Mike Boyd, Elephant Child, Liz. A., Rebecca Douglas, Patricia Garcia, Sheri Sudweeks, Hilary, Michael Di Gesu, Jemi Fraser, Natalie Aguirre, Sherry Hilger, Simone Smith, J. Lennie Dorner, Jeff.
$10 Amazon Gift Certificates
How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
From the way the question is phrased, it’s clear that success is highly subjective. It will be interesting to visit everyone today and read the answers.
Mine is short and pretty simple. I feel successful if I write a story that people enjoy reading. And I feel doubly successful if the next book is better crafted than the previous one. I hadn’t re-read my previously published novels until I finished this newest one. But I was curious to see if I’d become an improved storyteller, so I finally cracked open a couple of earlier publications. To tell the truth, I was a bit nervous. What if I hadn’t grown as a writer? What if I was stuck and couldn’t grow in my craft? Since this post has a theme of bravery, I thought re-reading old writing would be a good test of my nerve.
As it turned out, I did find some improvement, but I was disappointed that I hadn’t made any major leaps between my last book (Not Guilty) and this one. I had made more between my first book (Sliding on the Edge) and this one, and I had to resist taking up my red editor’s pen to get rid of some annoying cliches and newbie writing in Sliding.
What a challenging and interesting field this writing of stories is. I can’t read a great story without thinking, wow, look at all those words and how beautiful they are when they’re put together just so. Here’s to everyone’s success, regardless of what it looks like for each of you.
The next #IWSGPit is already on the calendar, so be sure to add the date to yours and start brushing up on that pitch. It’s always fun to jump into a Twitter Pitch.
Quote of the Month: Bravery is the capacity to perform even when scared half to death. Admiral Omar N. Bradley