Friday, July 2, 2010

Keep Persevering

"The silent power of perseverance grows irresistibly greater with time." Goethe

In writing, getting rejected by agents and publishers is a fact of life. But never give up! If you keep persevering, you'll eventually find that agent or publisher who's just right for you and loves your work!

I saw the movie Ed Wood recently and learned some great lessons in optimism. Wood was a motion picture director best known for his movie Plan Nine From Outer Space. His other claim to fame is being voted as the worst film director ever!

Although Wood's movies were poorly directed, rushed in production, and wierd with cheesy special effects, Wood was passionate about his work. Despite being laughed at, snubbed, and told he was awful, Wood persevered and remained eternally optimistic.

From Ed Wood we can grasp a few things to keep us going in our quest for publication:

  • Never give up
  • Believe in yourself
  • Pursue your passion
  • Market yourself
  • Perfect your craft (something Wood should have worked on)

Time to prepare for the holiday weekend! Happy eating, happy reading, happy writing! If you haven't seen Ed Wood, be sure to rent it! Johnny Depp is fabulous as always, and the late Martin Landau (who won Best Supporing Actor for this film) plays a perfect Bela Lugosi!

Who's inspired you lately?

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1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Ah, there's nothing like Goethe to wake you up in the morning... Great post, thanks!

Who's inspired me? I'm on this Coelho kick. I can't keep up with his philosophical thoughts. Phew!