Monday, August 16, 2010

Persistence 101

Lindi here. Straight from Dictionary.com

per·sist

1. to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, esp. in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
2.to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
3. to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.

Ladies and gentleman that's the official definition of the word persist. It is a word, that if we are writers, we must take to heart and learn to cherish.
Yes, cherish.

Because it is with persistence that we tackle this writing venture. It's with persistence we sit at our computers or have a notebook in our lap and we create characters and scenarios that when put together tell a story. A story of love, hope, mercy, grace, murder?, mystery, and the list could go on.

But it's us, those of us who were chosen to weave these stories that must persist. Writing a novel is not an easy task. I know some people who write really fast, others are a bit slower. But whatever your speed is, it's still you putting the words together on paper or computer screen. I don't know the actual percentage but very few people who say they want to write a novel actually do.

Those who do are persistent.

I still remember finishing my first novel. I printed it out and found my husband who was sitting at the kitchen table. I plopped the stack in front of him and said, "Look. My book. It's finished. I wrote 'The End."

But with me "The End" is just the beginning. But that's a whole other blog post for a whole other day.

So do what most of the population won't do. Follow through, listen to what God's telling you. Write that book. Tell that story. Create those characters.

Be persistent.



11 comments:

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  2. Very True.

    I always remember this quote from Woody Allen:

    "80% of success is showing up."

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  3. Very encouraging post! Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for giving me a good kick in the tail, Lindi! I needed it.

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  5. Eva Maria--I have never heard that. But I agree!

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  6. Thanks Edwina. It's having people like you around and commenting that keeps us all going. We are not alone!!

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  7. Dianna, I need the kick every day!

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  8. Great post! You know I'm a big believer in not giving up.

    I almost gave up at least twice. And now, to think if I had...

    We all have to keep at it!

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  9. Missy,
    Yes, I know you are right there. You wouldn't have let me give up--that's for sure!
    I also think that people don't realize what they've accomplished by writing a book. It takes a lot of gumption, dedication and discipline to sit and create.

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  10. Great Post Lindi! I needed to read that too.

    Eva Maria, I'm borrowing Woody's quote for my Facebook status!

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