"What counts more than luck is determination and perseverance.
If the talent is there, it will come through. Don’t be too impatient.
Stick at it. That’s my advice." – Fred Astaire
Thanks Fred, we need that advice. Especially because you notice he says it counts more than luck-but luck is definitely part of the equation. I hear a lot of subbing authors wail that they've been rejected so many times they begin to lose confidence in their abilities. They forget they have talent. But we must persevere to catch that moment when the moon is just right and the agent reading your query has had a fabulous week and the market is looking for exactly what you just wrote.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison
Don't be that person. Don't give up because there are people out there that want your story. They are somewhere. Keep going. Writing can be so lonely sometimes, it's crucial to have other writers in your support group to keep you from burning manuscripts and throwing computers out of the window.
I know this is all easier said than done, sometimes. I think a key turning point for me was when I made the conscious decision to write every day, to improve my writing, and to find an agent that loves my work. The rest is another journey. I still have to remind myself of that decision sometimes. I wrote a promise to myself. I didn't hang it for me to see daily or for everyone else in the world to see (my desk is in the living room), I put it in a drawer and when I'm starting to feel defeated, that is one of the things I reach for. It's a tough, serious reminder that I'm in this for the long haul.
What do you do to keep yourself inspired; not story inspired, but keep going inspired?