How do you keep the fire alive while you're striving to reach your goals? Eventually, everyone's fire starts to flicker, sputter, die.
How do you keep it burning throughout an entire year? Throughout a lifetime?
What keeps you going when the winds of rejection and self doubt are blowing?
Hear are a few things that can help :)
Spark #1: Purpose!
Many of us talk about being born a writer, or meant to do what we're doing. Regardless of whether you believe in a higher power, think about what you love, and what you are hard-wired to hope for. You have a purpose. So get crackin' fulfilling it, already! No one can stand in your way if you believe you can do it and work your butt off to make it happen.
Spark #2: We're ahead of the Game!
We know better than to do things that make agents crazy, so we're already a step ahead!
For instance, we know that if we use the phrase "fiction novel" in our query, it's akin to squirting a cat in the eye with a water pistol and then asking that cat to pretty please represent us. We also know that if we send loose tea bags in our query letters, agents will only think of our swine-flu covered hands groping said tea bags and those 500 prison inmate weirdos who sent them tea bags that week with sexual puns and photos included. We know that is not the first impression we want to make.
If you don't know what irritates or enrages agents, take a look at Janet Reid's blog, under the tag "Annoy Me" for a quick education. Trust me. You'll be glad you did :).
Knowing is half the battle!
Spark # 3: The Success of Those Who Came Before!
Tell me reading about folks like Jamie Ford, author of THE HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, doesn't make your typing fingers itch with excitement? Reading debut authors' success stories is like stepping into an alternate universe where your secret Hopes and Dreams have become a reality, and you get to watch as they unfold. SQUEE!
Sure, it won't happen for you that way, but someday, it will happen. And you'llget to tell people your story! And hear them squee for you!
So, what keeps you guys going?
What lights a fire under you when things get dark?