(Attitude) Writing for the Long Haul

Are you tired of waiting for success? If so, listen up.

We live in an instant society where we want immediate results. I have seen this phenomenon among aspiring writers. They expect success after the first submission, and they get depressed when that success does not come.

I grew up in what I call the Era of Delayed Gratification.  We were taught that success had a price and that, sometimes, that price took a long time to pay. We expected to succeed, but not right away. We knew it would take a while, and we were willing to wait while we worked hard.

We were the children of the generation that saved for 25 years before building their dream home so they wouldn’t have to go into debt. The generation that considered “a penny saved is a penny earned” and saved those pennies in big glass jars.  Amazingly over time, those pennies added up to hundreds of dollars that we then took to the bank.  We were the children of the generation that took their shoes to the shoemaker to repair instead of buying new ones and that wore hand-me-down clothes.  Of course, we were also the children of the generation where shoes and clothing were, as a rule, of much higher quality and lasted longer.

We were the children of the generation that knew how to wait for what they wanted, and we learned that lesson well.

Yes, like all generations, we wanted success, but we were not in a hurry to get it because we knew that success needed time to grow. During that time of growth, we learned valuable lessons–like patience, perseverance, and problem-solving. These lessons served us well not only before we achieved success, but afterward as well.

So be encouraged if you are still struggling to succeed in your writing. Remember: that the journey is as important, if not more so, than the destination. Unless you’re in this writing thing for the long haul, you may find yourself stranded by the side of the road.
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Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

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