It’s time for another brain dump for just five minutes. I missed last week (since I took the boys to Dallas to visit my cousin and the World Aquarium – which was awesome, by the way) but discovered this post on inspiration that was shared on the Five Minute Friday blog. Reading Kelly Ivy’s thoughts on inspiration were, well, inspiring.
Today, this Friday, I have five minutes to spare for the word of the day…try.
Let’s start the timer…go!
Lately, I feel like I’ve been trying really hard, but not getting anywhere. Specifically, I am trying to figure out how to make a living from blogging and writing. Even more specifically, I would love to just make enough to pay for my trip to the writing seminar in October.
I sit around and think…can I get paid to write on another site? Can I self-publish? Would people actually spend their hard earned cash? Other various thoughts spin through my head as I try to figure it out.
Sending in a submission to another website and then getting turned down is a punch in the gut. Things like that make me want to stop trying. Voices in my head tell me it’s not worth it. I’m trying too hard or not trying hard enough.
Then I remember how many manuscripts were rejected before Stephen King sold Carrie. I remember how many publishing houses closed the door on J.K. Rowling before one decided to take a risk on her. I think about the years of hacking away at a keyboard so many of my favorite bloggers spent before they had a real opportunity come their way.
Dang it. I have so many more thoughts on trying. I guess I will try and craft an entire blog post on the subject and not just five minutes of rambling nonsense.
What do you return to…to try and try again?