One more time…

tumblr_nr6q9gBwN91uogaq2o1_1280In 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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11 thoughts on “One more time…

  1. What an inspirational writing I read today!! I have stopped blogging from last three four months because I was running out of ideas and I did not get much time. But now I feel that all these are just mere excuses one should always keep on trying on matter how much difficult it seems to you… M definitely gonna start writing blogs again… ☺️

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  2. Thanks for your post. My blog stats are down this year, and it sometimes is frustrating. I have been working on two books…one for 12 years, another 22. This is the year. I am publishing one as a “novella”. I am going to do it! Thanks for encouraging me not to give up!

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  3. I am just starting to blog but for me, writing helps sharing my feelings and experiences with others. If I they like it great, if not, it’s all good. But yes, never give up, keep writing and improving. I feel, for me that as I write and get feedback my writing gets better and better because I now have confidence, thanks to all the feedback I’ve gotten from others. Thanks for sharing this!

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