When you’re feeling defeated and are ready to quit, how do you convince yourself to keep going?
"I don't. My husband, kids and friends do. Without my Circle of Trust I'd be nowhere without a paddle." - Heidi Kling, author of Sea.
"I have a self-regulating desire to write; when I get bummed out and quit writing for awhile, inevitably I get grouchy when I'm not writing anything. That always convinces me that this is what I should be doing, no matter what else!" - Karen Kincy, author of Other.
"I think of all the time I’ve put into the process of becoming a published author (10 years) and tell myself that I’ve come too far to give up now. Plus, I have a very vocal support group of friends and family who have talked me down from many (figurative) ledges." - Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine.
"This is going to sound silly, but…I wrote freelance for several years before selling a novel. One day – it was July 7, 2003, to be exact – I had a severe case of self-doubt, wondering if my career would ever go anywhere, wondering if I should seek steady income. It felt awful, and I quit for the day and went for a long walk. When I came home, I wrote the date – July 7, 2003 – on a piece of paper and tacked it to my bulletin board. I promised myself that I’d never doubt myself that strongly again. Now, whenever I feel down, I think, “This is bad, yes, but it’s no July 7.” Helps me every time." - Kristin Tubb, author of Selling Hope.
Come back Thursday to find out what the rest of our authors tell themselves when they are feeling down.