Thursday, March 17, 2011

Word for the Day

How does the current situation in the world *esp. Japan* affect your writing?

Do you feel like there is crushing defeat ahead of you based on past information coming out of NY publishing?

Have you gotten more rejections than interest?

These questions are asked for a reason. The word for the day is "unwavering" and it came to me as I washed my face a few days ago.

When the world is shocked and confounded because of a natural disaster, or when there is no good news in the writing world, or if our own personal existence is being completely ignored by agents, we have a tendency to become a little unsettled.

But today, unwavering is what I am trying to focus on. Here is what the dictionary says about it :


Indicating or possessing determination, resolution, or persistence: constant, determined, firm1, resolute, steadfast, steady, stiff, tough, unbending, uncompromising, unflinching, unyielding. See purpose/purposelessness.

Does that describe you as a writer in these uncertain times? I hope so. I hope it will be the one word we can use in reference to ourselves today and in days to come. When everything goes to heck in a hickory basket, we have to stand firm in our resolve to succeed.

I hope I have encouraged you! Now, go out and write!


Marta Stephens said...

Hmmm unwavering.

Yes! Maybe not a few months or years ago, but yes, now I feel a bit of it.

Too often we hold other people’s opinions of us/our work so much higher that our own that we forget who we are. Sadly we get wrapped up in trying to become something we are not and yet there's still no pleasing them.

When every rejection start feeling like a kicked in the teeth, the best a writer can do for him-/herself is to spit out the blood and say, "Watch me!"

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Great work, Kim. I do think it actually describes all four of us. It's why we've made it as far as we have! Thanks! (and that was a gorgeous photo!) Happy St. Patty's Day!