Years ago I started writing a novel. I made it a few pages paragraphs in before I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, sure, I had an idea for a story. I went through journalism school so the basics of sentence structure were solid. The thing was… writing a full novel overwhelmed. So over the years I started and stopped, and started and stopped.
Then I lost one of my mentors in a horrible accident. One day she was texting me for coffee, the next she was gone. After the tears, I realized that life isn’t a given and finishing my story was no longer something for the future, but something for the now.
So I went about learning everything I could about story structure. About how a plot works and, more importantly, doesn’t work. I reworked my story, and did it again, and again, until I finished it. A whole novel.
When it was done, something strange happened. I started another one.
And when I saw this video, I realized the truth of it.
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa
It’s true in life.
It’s true in writing a novel.
And it’s true in the trenches of publishing.
“If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits.”