I’ve noticed a lot of posts on writers blogs, Facebook groups and such on the topic of ‘not quitting’. It seems to be the topic of the moment. I suspect it is because in these fairly dark times persistence itself is a hopeful act and here in North America we are heading into Spring, the season of rebirth.
It’s a fine topic, a good topic and one I talk about in my presentations. But often I think we ignore the scope of what it means.
The issue isn’t resolved with completing one project. Persistence is necessary in whatever creative career you choose day-in-day-out, year-in-year-out. Because honestly there is always something easier to do then create, revise and complete (CRC? Not bad for an acronym…). And we humans, in general, we like the easy way. And working on a manuscript for 3 or 4 years to get it right – to make it sellable, that is persistence – or insanity – and the result of that (a finished manuscript, a completed painting…) is made possible by a thousand small acts of persistence.
What I am clumsily getting at is that persistence is a fractal issue: the persistence you need to complete one sentence, one paragraph, one book and than do it again and again and let it become a career is the real scope of persistence and ‘not quitting’ I’m thinking about.
Taking the next step is a hopeful act. It means you are moving forward towards a goal and are willing to get up each day and start in on it again even when sometimes you feel the exact opposite. A journey of a million small steps seems less heroic, but it is more truthful and resonates with hope.