Become a Fan
Like it or not, enjoy or loathe the stories you read in any culture, poor or rich economies, in hard cover or e-format, it is always about choice. The Web of the Jungle gives us this choice.
If you’re going to create, create a lot. Creativity is not like playing the slot machines, where failure to win means you go home broke. With creativity, if you don’t win, you’re usually no worse off than if you hadn’t played
We hear often of the sweeping developments that take place across the world. Cold Wars, Hot Wars, economic booms and busts, the rapacious scramble for resources: we hear the warnings of countries, the shouts of other countries in greedy triumph. We rarely see the ways in which these changes impact mere individuals.
My small personal voice dreamed and dreamed about telling a story. All dreamers are, however, aware of Gumperson law of corollary. Gumperson put my dreams to tell my story together in his now famous law which runs like this: "The probability of something happening is in inverse proportion to its desirability."
Storytellers cannot live exclusively in an unreal world born of the rejection letters, because when we cease to hope and dream and imagine wonderful things to come, our very souls and spirits wither and die. Bookies have a saying, “There are three horses who have never come in win, place, or even show. Their names are Coulda, Woulda, and Shoulda.” Bookies live—and sometimes die—by the accuracy or inaccuracy of their predictions. The same can said of storytellers.
Anyone involved in the bookselling race is aware that getting published without rejections is like sex without sin or the taste of real freedom without dizziness.
It is said that telling writers how to get published is the same as trying to explain how to ride a bike. Think you can tell a child how to ride a bike? "It is rather easy," I was once told. The same thing I recently told my daughter Gabriella.
"Okay. What do I do?"
"Just get on the bike."
"What do you mean, how? Just put your foot on the pedal, swing your leg over the bar and pedal."
She tries but falls over and cries: "But I can't! When I try to swing my foot over, the bike falls over."
"Okay. Well, don't swing your leg over until you've got better balance. Just lean the bike down a little and step over the bar. Then sit on the seat and pedal."
She does as you say and it works ... up to the part where she sits on the seat. She falls over again.
"You've got to balance!" you say.
"Sure!" she shouts. "But, but, but how do you balance?"
Getting published is just like that. You learn to tell stories by sitting on the seat and falling on your face. Then, when you get back up, the reasons supplied inside the rejection letters can help you figure out why your mouth is full of dirt.
The existence of a "hidden doubts" is always with me as I try to learn how to balance my powerless desire against the powerful letters of rejections. Each of us has our own idea of what our dreams feel like. Like most writers, I fell, of course. (Ouch) But also I was lifted. (*grin*)
The mysterious aspect of success is that those who seek it as such never find it. It is not a destination or a goal, it is written in the ink of imagination. It is only found as a byproduct of our ability to dream. Many people spend an unhappy life searching desperately for that which is always within their reach, never realizing that it is a treasure not to be found from without, but from within. A storyteller is a storyteller is a storyteller whether they are published or never published. Storytellers touch people, inspire listeners, move them to action, change their mind-sets, and open their eyes to imagination and dreams.
The world is filled with imagination and dreams ...
Eleanor Roosevelt fell off her bike several times and due to her bruises came up with many encouraging things to tell writers like me. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.