Today is a Good Day! An IWSG post.

And if not, tomorrow is another day!

IWSG Reflective Question for June: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

My answer to this question is: NO! I have endured disappointment, frustration and rejection - every negative emotion possible - but I have never had the urge to say ‘I quit’. Writing is what I do. I am a writer and therefore I write.
Naturally we all wish to earn a living from our writing, and that is not an easy feat. The obstacles we need to overcome are incredibly demanding and probably the most exasperating part of being an indie author. But we must persevere. Until that day, I will continue to learn, listen to advice, make mistakes and move on – and at the same time continue to hone my craft.
Happy writing!
 




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  1. Right On! I have to admit that for the last nine months my writing has been on the back burner because of someone I deeply cared about. I didn't write as often or put as many hours into it as I usually do. However, now I'm back.
    All the best and keep looking upward, Lady.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia
    Everything Must Change

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    1. My sincere condolences, Pat. I hope writing helps the healing process for you. Take good care.

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  2. Such true words, Nic. I have said "I'll quit" in frustration, but it never lasts more than a few minutes

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    1. The frustration is difficult to handle from time to time. Keep smiling.

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  3. I've never said, "I quit." But I have taken long breaks. Sometimes years at a stretch.

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    1. Sometimes a break is needed. Wishing you continued success, Bish.

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    1. It's a challenging road but quitting is not on the agenda :)

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  5. Happy writing backaccho. (where's that FB presence?)

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  6. It's just a detour - getting to the finish will always happen. I enjoy writing too much to ever 'quit'!
    Happy Reading and Writing, Nicola!

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    1. Perseverence is the key. Love your writing, Yolanda.

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  7. You are just awesome. I love your attitude. I agree, never quit.Cheering for you, Nicola.

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    1. Thank you, Murees. You keep fighting through the daily challenges too :)

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  8. It's awesome that the idea of quitting has never crossed your mind. Now THAT's a writer.

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    1. :) Thanks for popping by, Nicki.

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  9. Writing is what I do, too, but I have had the urge to say it, just never could go through with it. ;)

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    1. Love your video, Chrys. You are a natural! Great writer - super reader of your writing. Keep up the good work!

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  10. Frustration sometimes gets the best of me, but I never honestly want to quit either.

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    1. Your a fabulous writer, Christine. Your work ethic truly inspirational. Thank you!

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  11. Woot! Never give up! Never let the frustration defeat you! RAWR!

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    1. RAWR has been a huge part of my vocabulary lately LOL! Thanks for stopping by, Loni.

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  12. When I read the posts by other authors and see that their feelings and mine are a match, it does help to keep going. Thanks for your post here today!

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    1. Thank you, Lee. Together we will thrive :)

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  13. As if you are doing a long, never-ending, test. Then we should both get good grades in the end. hehehe

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    1. Bring on those superb grades :)

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  14. It is about perseverance and continually growing as a writer, we got to keep on keeping on!

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    1. We have and we will, Suzanne. Have a lovely week.

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  15. 'I'm a writer, therefore I write.' - a perfect sentiment in my book:)

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    1. On point, Mark. Thank you. Looking forward to reading your second novel :)

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  16. Yup, yup, and yup. I've never wanted to quit, nor even give up on a project--though some lay dormant. If you don't love writing, why go through all that effort? There are so many creative possibilities out there.

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    1. Right on, Rhonda. My sentiments exactly. Have a super month.

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  17. Excellent attitude. I'd like to borrow it:)

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    1. Here you are, Sandra - CATCH! :)

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  18. Enjoy the journey. It's the best part of writing.

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  19. It's a great attitude to have! Keep hanging in there!

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    1. With all this hanging, one arm is longer than the other :)

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  20. When you know what you love to do, you do it, and you just don't give up or give in!

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  21. It's not easy and if we all knew what we were getting into, we'd run away screaming. But it's too late for that now.

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    1. :) Wishing you continued success, Diane.

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    1. YAY! Bring on the cheese. Have a lovely week, Crystal.

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  23. Great post. I could sign under every word.

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    1. Thank you, Olga. Sign away. :)

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  24. Yes. Perseverance! Quitting isn't an option. You're my kind, Nicola. Smiles.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn. Right back at you :)

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  25. It's awesome to hear you've never quit despite the setbacks.

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    1. We can't quit, can we? We just have to accept each challenge life throws at us and plough through.

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  26. I feel the same way you do. And will echo Ken, enjoy the journey.

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  27. You have a great attitude. It is a long journey.

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    1. It is the longest journey I've ever taken - and will probably ever take (apart from life itself :))

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  28. Hi Nicola - the most important thing is to keep writing ... we will learn from our mistakes, and we will experiment with new ideas of approach or in writing, changing our style or our package - eg serials, rather than books etc ... so glad it's a happy day! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I hope you are well.

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  29. Yay! Happy writing to you, too!

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    1. Thanks, Deniz. Keep up your good work!

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  30. You are so right. I'm wondering if writers actually come with a gene that makes it impossible for us to stop? Maybe we don't publish, but could we ever stop? I mean really stop. Not tell stories in our heads, not formulate better words, not analyze a paragraph to death. I don't think so...

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    1. I agree, Liza. We are a special breed :)

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  31. Have a great time and warm greetings.

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  32. Yay! I love your spirit. Happy writing to you as well. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Congratulations on completing your first draft of "A Killing in Kennecott". So pleased for you.

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  33. Quitting has crossed my mind, but that's it. I'm sure there may be one dark day where I declare it, but I doubt I'll mean it. There's too many characters in my head to not write.

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    1. Keep writing, Patricia. You're doing a great job. Thank you for popping over.

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  34. I've never felt like quitting.
    I always think that you have to be writing for a very long time to reach that frustrated, quitting phase... perhaps I'm still going to get there... LOL

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    1. LOL! I don't think you'll get to that point - it's non-existent :)

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  35. I'm the same – it isn't always easy, but I don't intend to quit.

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    1. Thank you for popping over, Patsy. Enjoy your writing travels :)

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  36. If I'd given up, I'd never have been published. You have to be in it to win it!

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    1. You are so right, Wendy. I hope all is well with you.

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  37. I would still write even if I never published another piece. Writing is what I do, it's everything to me. I have seen some people focus on the money, and be disillusioned by not earning as much as they thought - but if money is the most important thing, you DON'T become a writer.

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    1. A lesson to be learned, Annalisa :) It would just be nice to make a living from something one enjoys so much :)

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  38. It can be really hard sometimes, but the key is never to stop writing, because all the hurt and frustration and setbacks are integral to the process - and the good moments are well wort waiting for. It can never be about earning money. it's about sitting there until your brain aches and your eyes are falling out of their sockets with weariness, but still turning up again the next day. I've never said I'll give up, but I'd also never say it's a straightforward, or lucrative, business! So glad you're keeping going too, Nicola xxx

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    1. Such words of wisdom. Thank you, Joanna. I can always count on you to encourage and inspire me. Have a lovely week.

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  39. It would be impossible to quit because I would always wonder how things might have turned out. Great post and very uplifting!

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    1. That's motivational in itself. Not knowing is the pits, isn't it. So keep going Nick :) Wishing you all the best.

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  40. Awesome post! I did lose the muse for a long time after an unfortunate interaction with a 'mentor' for whose services I paid (!) a romance writers' group. Main words of advice from that experience? "Tell yourself 'I don't s*@k'" and "Show, don't tell". Right. Thanks a lot. Now I'm thrilled to be spinning tales for myself and nobody else. Happy Writing!

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    1. Those types of mentors shouldn't be doing the job. Luckily my writing mentors have been brilliant but I did have a mentor when I started out teaching - she was on the same pitful level as your unfortunate interaction. On a positive we learn from these types - learn how not to be :)

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  41. I did quit once for a year. It wasn't a proud moment, but involved my ego and my urge to have a pity party that lasted 12 months. LOL. Today I suck it up and keep going. Hi, Nicola. Hope you're doing well.

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    1. Hi Joylene. So glad your muse and confidence returned. Keep going. You're fab!!!

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  42. I have moments where I'll consider quitting publishing, but I don't think I could ever quit writing. It's too much a part of who I am. Plus, I'll have all these characters yelling at me. It gets noisy in there, and so far I've found writing the only way to quiet them down.

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    1. Keep up the great work, Cherie. And don't stop publishing - you writing brings such pleasure to me and others.

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  43. Never give up! Never surrender! Write for the sheer joy of writing.

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    1. Great words of encouragement, Susan. I hope you say those to yourself too :) Have a lovely week.

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