Doubts pushed me into drawing up a list, “Eleven Thoughts on Rejection Dejection,” responses to questions one side of me was asking the other. I admit the weary voice of continuance half hoped retreat would prevail:
- A real writer perseveres—he cannot do otherwise.
- The only effective escape lies in more writing.
- Cease evaluating and just write.
- If first you don’t succeed, write, write again.
- Better to fail than walk away haunted.
- How much do you respect failure?
- What else is really worth doing that you could do?
- Write until you prove unequivocally that you can’t.
- Try quitting to see how you like it.
- Write your best today and the hell with tomorrow.
- To keep writing is to live in hope and possibility.
What compels me to write.
Well, first and foremost, an old quote from a wise friend: “A paper refuses no ink.” Secondly, it’s a very long list of stories of in between times.
Now, what compels you to write?