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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

How long is too long to keep on trying?

Updated: Nov 6, 2019

One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder. ~Zaid K. Abdelnour

Have you been writing your novel for a long while? Are you hanging in there?

When writing a novel, it's wonderful to have the luxury to take your time. Write, rewrite, revise. I'm, as they say, between contracts, so I can give myself time. My efforts to continue can be attributed to sheer stubbornness combined with a small flicker of hope—but I know I will persevere. I believe it’s a good story. I think the (internal) journey my character takes will speak to someone who has the same doubts and questions. My novels revolve around family. I believe in the beauty of family and the value of a loving unit. I love writing about families united and strengthened.

I made a determination to silence the internal critics that shout, “No one will want to read this! You’re wasting your time!” I recommend you do that too.

Once you do silence those critics, you’ll be able to hear that still, small voice telling you, “Push forward, my child. Keep writing.” Trust me, it’s true. Trust that still, small voice that is clinging to the tattered raft floating in your sea of doubt. Hang on!

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful." ~Paul Sweeny

Don't worry about how long the process takes. More than one successful author has taken years to write a novel. Check out this list. I’m sure you’ve heard of these writers.

If I can hang in there, so can you. Write on!

I don't know how my story will end, but nowhere in my text it will read, “I gave up.” ~Unknown


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