"Every great success is an accumulation of thousands of ordinary efforts that no one sees or appreciates." - Brian Tracy
My son wants to be a professional unicyclist. Now, that may sound funny to some, but he can do all kinds of tricks and flips on that unicycle that take my breath away! Unicycling is a growing sport and you would not believe the time and effort that goes into doing some of the amazing things they do. (There's even a UniCon coming up this summer and people are coming from all over the world.)
My son and I were talking last night about reaching our dreams. Of course, my dream was to be a published author, which I am, but as we talked, he didn't see the correlation to him spending hours and hour mastering crank flips and being able to ride down a guardrail with me being an author. But this is what I know.
Being a successful author takes a lot of practice. Generally speaking, your first novel won't be your best work. You're still learning and balancing. The more you write and the more you read, the better you get at your craft. You begin to see words in a different light. You practice some more in putting those words on a page in a way that makes your readers feel flutters in their stomach, whether it be dangerous flutters or romantic flutters. You make them feel.
You work and work on that story (or stories) until you hate the characters and want to kill them all off. You agonize over the finale scene because you want it to be just right. And you take the rejections, the bad reviews, and the critiques without crying (or letting people see you cry) because you live for the fan mail, the acceptances, and the good reviews.
That's what makes writing worth it to me. And I know I have to practice to get it right. That's why I like that quote from Brian Tracy. I think every novel is an accumulation of thousands of ordinary efforts (skipping that TV show to write, giving up an hour of sleep to write, working and researching until you can write those words, THE END) and a lot of times people don't see or appreciate those efforts because writing is a solitary profession for the most part.
So today I'd like to give thanks to all the writers who have put their stories out there for me to enjoy. I know it may look easy, but I also know it isn't. And I'd like to thank all the people who have enjoyed my books and let me know. That's what keeps my motivation high and the stories coming. I have to say, my readers are the absolute best among all the readers in the world. Truly.
My moral to the story: Unicyclists and writers have a lot more in common than my son thought. What do you think?