Once more…

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”Thomas Edison

In January 2011 I self-published a novel. It was badly written, badly edited, and I had absolutely no idea how to sell it. I had no online presence: no blog, no Facebook page, no Twitter.

So, I sold 4 copies in 4 months. It was a disaster. I received a 2 star review on Goodreads, and then I decided to un-publish the damn thing.

And I gave up writing. For a few months, that is.

But then, after months of working on various other projects (such as Jazz, The Writer, etc.) I decided to give self-publishing one more try. I had a nice following on Wattpad (where I had lots of positive feedback from folks), so I thought that this time I’d sell more copies.

So, yes, I thought I should try just one more time. But I was also determined not to give up. No matter what. I’d just write and publish, write and publish, until something happened.

Also, I knew that I had to keep blogging, as a way of finding an audience.

And I did just that.

Yes, it’s really that simple. As long as you don’t give up, you can’t fail. As long as you keep fighting, you can’t be defeated. You keep going, you keep trying, because, ultimately, this is what art teaches us: we’re always aspiring to achieve perfection, yet we fail, but that doesn’t stop us from trying again and again.

We fall and we rise, and we become better and better at it.

This is life, this is experience, this is how beautiful things get made.

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13 thoughts on “Once more…

  1. 1979 was the worst year of my life.
    1: I was a rookie police officer, seriously injured in the line of duty. Spent the next month recovering from that injury.
    2: As a result of the stress of that incident, I went into a psychological tailspin. I washed out of the Police Academy.
    3: In an effort to get it all back together, I enlisted in the Air Force. Want some advice. Don’t try going through Basic Training when you’re suffering from unaddressed issues.

    End result, I had to decide if I was going to let this become the moment in my life that was going to define me for good or bad. I instead decided to do what every cowboy in history has done when tossed off the horse. I got up, dusted myself off, and got back on.
    As a result, I became a first class detective, I graduated the Police Academy (this time at the top of the heap), and years later, I went into the Army and had an exceptional career there.

    What inspired me was a single comment made by and old cowboy to me. He said, “It’s not how quick you can be knocked down to the floor that makes you a man (or a human being if we want to avoid sexism). It’s how long you decide to lie there before getting up”.

    That’s the mantra I’ve learned to live my life by anytime I have a reversal.

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  2. This an amazing reminder.
    I also wrote a book and published it this year. I wrote it for one year and 8 months, giving up and giving up… I had a few friends who went through it… and everytime I got a (re-write) more reason to want to give up… But I was enjoying writing through my blog…so I kept going.
    I printed only 70 copies of the book and so far I have sold almost 40 copies. How amazing is that? I’m even shocked at how amazing it turned out… I didn’t think it would sell at all..

    And you right, as much as people did not believe me when i told them I’m writing a book, I did not just lie there. I proved them wrong and wrote and self published my first book. I cannot say it’s the best but I did my best. If maybe a professional would read it, they would have alot to change but again, I was able to write it from scratch. How amazing is that…. and as for my blog, I enjoy the feedbacks. When i started it I wasn’t sure which way to go but I kept writing and writing and found my path; thoughts and feelings on relationship.

    Thank you for this post… and thanks again for the amazing reminder.

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