The Art of Perseverance

My guest blogger today is Gina Robinson, author of Spy Candy, who persevered, and is now a published author. Congratulations, Gina!

The Art of Perseverance
by Gina Robinson

With the release of my debut novel Spy Candy ( Zebra Romantic Suspense, $3.99, ISBN 978-1-4201-0472-1)just weeks away, I’ve been asked to be a guest on a number of blogs. Because it took me years and years…and still more years to become published, talking about perseverance has become my theme. But as I was thinking about perseverance the other day, I realized that I don’t want people to get the wrong impression. To reach the goal of publication, a writer can’t give up. That’s true. Who knows when the call will finally come? But more than that, they can’t stay the same, either.

Persistence is not revising the same manuscript over and over and over, even when it’s been rejected all over New York. Persistence is also not stalking the same editor or agent from conference to conference, query to query, trying to sell them on that same tired old manuscript. Persistence isn’t trying to convince the world that you’ve written the next great bestseller and certain classic and berating the world when they don’t realize it. That’s insanity.

The art of perseverance requires growth. The writer must start a new manuscript, taking what’s been learned on the first and building on it to write a better novel, to discover their unique voice. The writer must look at the market objectively, broadening their search to include new agents, new editors, to take new chances.

Perseverance is a far greater thing than banging on the same door again and again. It’s believing in yourself, your own unique talents and skills, your worth as an individual, and your passion for storytelling. It’s writing for the sheer joy of it, even when it feels like publication will never happen. When you write for the joy of it, magic happens. You’ll feel passion, not frustration. And whether or not you’re lucky enough to ever publish, you’ll be content and have the drive to never give up on yourself. You will truly persevere.

Gina Robinson’s debut novel, Spy Candy, will be available everywhere books are sold on November 4, 2008.

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8 Responses to “The Art of Perseverance”

  1. Bertram Says:

    Great article, Gina. I am also proof that perseverance as growth helps one reach their goals.

    Congratulations, and best of luck with you book!

  2. Paul Allen Leoncini Says:

    Hello Ladies . . . P.A.L. Much Success! I’ve mentioned ‘Conjuror’ several times on nationally syndicated radio programs, ect. Everthything helps . . I’ll try something Radio-wise, and report back . . Warmest Regards P.A.L.

  3. chadhend Says:

    Thanks for the advice, Gina :)

  4. ~Sia Danzo~ Says:

    Gina, I with you on perseverance. Passion for your writing, the joy of creating an adventure comes across in your writing. Tracking what others write, improving the quality of your craft is part of the passion. Promotion is also part of it.

    You have to believe in yourself and your ability of telling a well crafted story. It gives you confidence to dive into queries to agents and publishers.

    “Perseverance is a far greater thing than banging on the same door again and again. It’s believing in yourself, your own unique talents and skills, your worth as an individual, and your passion for storytelling…When you write for the joy of it, magic happens. You’ll feel passion, not frustration.” How very true. Good stories are never born out of frustration but they are when you love to create and write adventures.

    Wishing you the best, Gina. You’re a gifted storyteller and I love the humor you use as well.

    ~Sia~

  5. James Says:

    Gina,

    I’m excited that your book will finally be on the shelves. I enjoyed competing with you in the First Chapters Romance contest on Gather.com and having a chance to critique your work. All of your hard efforts have paid off. Best of luck in the sales of Spy Candy.

  6. K.S. Clay Says:

    I love how you stress that perseverence includes growth and willingness to learn from the past as you move toward the future. So many people think perseverence in just treading water but you recognize that you can use that time in the pool to learn to swim. Anyway, enough with the metaphors. Good post, Gina. I’m glad your perseverence paid off.

  7. Pat S. Says:

    Congratulations on publication Gina, and for being an inspiration to the rest of us to stick to it and keep plugging away!

  8. Margay Says:

    Ah, perseverance, a writer’s best friend. What a great topic to write on, Gina, and you did it so well. I am so happy for your success – Spy Candy was one of my favorite entries in the Gather contest (and I had a few, er, or more than a few) and I’m so glad it’s going to be in stores soon. Congratulations!


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