So my test for 2nd degree black belt is a couple of weeks away, so I’ve been getting philosophical as I have been meditating, reflecting on my studies and working on my thesis. My thesis is about loyalty and faith–loyalty to my school and it’s teachings and faith in my instructors and fellow students who have helped me along the way.
I wanted to share this topic with writers who may be reading this blog and I hope that you may find something that inspires you.
To be serious about writing you need a great deal of discipline. In this way it is not unlike the martial arts. Your style of writing, your methods may all vary, but the writing itself has to be done. You have to discipline yourself to sit down and do the work–every day if possible. There are plenty of successes (encouraging feedback from a writing group) and failures (rejection letters) along the way. Many times the failures can outweigh the successes. And this is where loyalty comes in.
If you are loyal to something that means you are dedicated to it. If you are loyal to the idea of being a writer then that requires that you stick with it through the difficult times. You can’t give up when you receive a piece of criticism or a straightforward rejection. To be successful you have to stick it out.
Beginners and seasoned writers alike face rejection, and will likely continue to face it in some form or another throughout their careers. It’s part of the territory. But if you love to write and want to be published then you have to roll with the punches (cliche, yes, but also true).
Have faith in yourself. And if you have critique partners, have faith in them. Don’t be afraid to try rewriting something in a different way based on some advice you get (save the original version if you’re feeling reluctant, but take the leap… you’ll likely be surprised that you like your new version better).
Most importantly don’t give up. If you fall off, get back on again. Keep writing.