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Jill Marshall Larson

Barbara! Thank you so much for posting this, exactly what I needed to read exactly when I needed it. Hope your new class is going well, looking forward to hopefully being a part of it a year from now. I'll start my 1,000 steps right now. Jill


Thanks, Jill. The new class is amazing - twelve wonderful writers. Hope to see you in it next year -


Wow. Thank you for writing this post. I've used the Thomas Edison example with my son but it never hurts to hear it again and to read about others. I've been on a stop and start journey of writing since I took your class (about 9 years ago!) so all the inspiration helps and is appreciated. BTW, I loved your class, took both C&C1 and C&C2. I still have all the handouts and have read many of the books on writing you suggest. Thank you for your help. You were/are a great teacher.


merlotmom - Thanks so much. And I'm glad C & C set you on a writing journey.

Susan Sonnen

Thank you for the encouragement! If you don't mind, I'll probably slip in a link to this post either at Musings or Musings AD (Authors Den).

Cindy La Ferle

Barbara -- thanks for this post, and for reminding us that rejection is part and parcel of the writing life. Researching this topic, I also read that Madeleine L'Engle's A WRINKLE IN TIME was rejected by more than 40 publishers initially.

A reader

Your comment about this article reminded me that the idea of overcoming rejection is definitely one of the biggest challenges in anyone's life, not only when it comes to writing, but actually to anything.

For instance, when looking for a dream job or just a job that helps you pay the bills and then you keep getting the usual polite letter with a rejection and, on top of that, wishing you luck in the future.

I guess the hardest part is not losing your sanity while you are getting nothing but rejections.

That's what I've always admired in stories such as the ones quoted in your reference article, especially the one from J. K. Rowling, who apparently recently admitted that she got so depressed at some point that she even contemplated suicide, but thanks to her child/daughter (and some friends) she kept on trying.

Perseverance is most likely a good sign of one's true vocation for a specific goal or mere interest.

Lisa Manterfield

I've been thinking about this since Wednesday and about Kerry and her 10 My Turn rejections. I think that with every "step" we learn something either about our own writing, the market, or just sometimes ourselves. This all gives me great hope and encouragement.

Laura L Mays Hoopes

Dear Barbara,
This is the week I needed to hear this collection of 'keep on keeping on' examples. Thank you for your inspiring words!

loren stephens

Thank you for sharing this story -- it's always a matter of reframing isn't it? I like the expression, "The Bigger the Obstacle, the Bigger the Reward." But some days I just need to wallow and then get back on track. Just had an essay published in the St. Louis Jewish Light, a spark of validation to keep going. Love getting your letters -- feels like being connected to a community of writers even when I am sitting at my computer in my p.j.s Best to you and yours, Loren


Recently I found your blog, and it's a great find! I agree - perseverance is key to everything. Though it's frustrating to be a wannabe writer, I keep plugging along.


Hi everybody - I just wrote individual comments back to everyone and then hit the wrong button. So - a general and heart felt thank you to all of you for commenting.


Hi Barbara,

Thank you for this inspiring quote. I'm in the midst of taking care of my 88 year old father. The decisions I've had to make in the last 6 months have been the hardest thing in my life! I'm trying to record the process we are both going through because I know there are so many people going through the same thing. But trying to put it all on paper is at times overwhelming and I just sit there with my pen and paper and stare out the window. Your post was like a little nudge to wake me up. It said, "just keep trying. don't give up even if you can't get to what you really want to say right now. Just keep trying." And so I will. I love Writing Time! Thank you so much! Debra


Debra - Thank you for your comments. Just take notes - you don't have to "write" anything right now. Write a factual description of what you see outside that window, what your father says to you, what's on his bedside table, etc.

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