Don't be in such a hurry to ‘level up’–get agented, get sold, whatever–that you miss this moment, right now. Nothing is wasted. The manuscript that didn't sell teaches you something as a writer, the query that agents didn't request could be the thing that makes your name familiar-in-a-good-way for the one they do. The trend wave you missed leaves you free to start the next one.
There are no shortcuts, and even if you took one, you might arrive unprepared for the shot at success and longevity you were longing for all that time. Everyone's experience is different, so focus on making the most of your own.
Your self-worth cannot be determined by your advance, your print run, or your sales. There is no number big enough to carry that weight.
Paper has more patience than people.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
Happy Monday and happy writing, Zigzaggers!!!