To be a serious writer requires courage, resilience, and uncommon perseverance. It means doing the work even if you’re not in the mood, don’t feel inspired, and aren’t writing particularly well. It’s risking criticism and repeated rejection by publishers, endless rewrites, and editors who demand perfectly written sentences (if not entire chunks) be removed for the story’s sake.
Connecting with like-minded writers can help when doubt and fear threaten to stall you, but others will not always be able to offer the support you need when you need it most. This is where the value lies in having a resource such as The Resilient Writer on hand.
The first edition of The Resilient Writer was published in 2014. It took roughly six months to compile that collection and another three months to complete this updated and expanded version. You might question investing that much time in a little book of quotes when millions are available for free.
Rather than yet another How To book or compilation of familiar, well-worn quotations, my mission from the beginning has been to create an invaluable resource tool that follows a clear path for what it means to be a writer today.
From finding time for it all and dealing with the challenges of writer’s block and repeated rejection to mastering the craft and the business of being an author. By any measure, this journey is not for the faint of heart.
Writing is a messy, solitary process that takes over your life, and few outsiders will ever understand, but those who’ve spent time with it are hooked for life. I sincerely hope you find value, insight, and inspiration in this book, not just for today but for years to come as you continue to grow as a writer.