Sunday, December 21, 2008

One Page at a Time

“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What sets the successful author apart from the aspiring writer?

Perseverance. The determination to move forward no matter how many obstacles appear on the path.

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” ~Author Unknown

Staying true to our focus means we must recognize that the path that leads to success can be arduous. Ah, yes. Rejections or writer’s block tempts us to toss aside our dreams. If you feel frustrated, you’re not alone. All writers experience this.

To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone - just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over.... - John Hersey

During the holiday season time is at a premium. There’s last-minute shopping and presents to be wrapped, houseguests chatting and children underfoot, and for some, severe storms that threaten to knock out the power. What’s a writer to do?

My suggestion first off is this. Relax. Enjoy the holiday season. *smile* If you can squeeze in a page or two, by all means let those fingers fly! If you can’t… be forgiving to yourself. Trust that you will be pounding those keys when the craziness eases off. Every book is written one page at a time.

“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.” ~Lucretius

Next week we’ll set the stage for the New Year so let’s consider what we intend to accomplish in 2009.

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather

Let’s “hang on” and remember… We Are Writers!!

Have a lovely holiday season, everyone!

--Chiron O’Keefe

12 comments:

Jill James said...

Chiron, have a happy holiday season too. I love the quotes you included, they have my fingers itching to type, type, type.

Miss Mae said...

How can you always be "right on the money" Chiron? Good stuff!

Linda LaRoque said...

Ain't it the truth - throwing away a lot. Or at least saving it in a file where hopeful someday you'll be able to use it.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

Chiron said...

Thanks, Jill! Sending holiday hugs your way... *grin*

Type-type-TYPE!

Smiles,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Ah, Miss Mae... Thanks so much!!

You're a treasure!

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron

Chiron said...

You and me both, Linda! I have a "cuttings" file where I keep my table scraps. *grin*

Merry Christmas!!

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron

Misty Evans said...

Good advice for all of us during the holidays, Chiron. We have to quit beating ourselves up if we don't make our goals. Every job, every dream, has rough patches, obstacles and bad hair days. Writing is no different. Writers have to struggle, just like anyone else. In the end, it makes success worth the effort.

Holiday hugs,
Misty
www.readmistyevans.com

Gillian Layne said...

Merry Christmas Eve! I very much intend on mapping out 2009 goals, starting December 26th. :)

Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

Plan to set goals for 2009! Starting with finishing the wip and moving on to new project!

Scarlet

Chiron said...

Misty, you are so very right. Climbing the mountain takes effort and makes it all worthwhile... Thanks for the hugs!! Sending back your way...

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron

Chiron said...

Write ON, Gillian!!

Here's to even more success and happiness... *clink*

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron

Chiron said...

You and me both, Scarlet! I'm ready to wrap this baby up and move on... Whew!

Here's to 2009!

Smiles and hugs,
Chiron