Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There Are No Shortcuts To Any Place Worth Going

by Stephanie Morrill

I don't like waiting, and I'm guessing you don't either. Who does, really?

But as you likely know by now, you can't be a writer without waiting. And that's why I love this quote:

There are no shortcuts

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills, opera singer

You probably don't have to think very hard to come up with an example of this. I think of McKenna and Connor, of the nine months they spent growing inside me. Of the unreal pain I experienced bringing them into this world.



So. Worth. It.

I think of long hikes I've taken to gorgeous places. A long car ride when my kids were three and one so my kids could experience the ocean.

Becoming a published writerheck, just writing a first draft!is a long journey on which you can be tempted to take shortcuts. But once you get there, it's so worth it.

Write on, my friends!




15 comments:

  1. I know the feeling of waiting. I am currently waiting to hear back from a magazine to see if they will publish my submission. I am counting the days. :)

    HP

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    1. I was going to say the same thing. A couple of weeks ago I sent out a query to a magazine for a nonfiction article, and the editor replied but only to say that the staff is currently working on the next issue of the magazine so it will be a while before they can reply to queries. I'm so nervous.

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    2. I know. The magazine I sent into sent me an email saying that they had received my submission and had sent it on to the editors to review it for publication. That was over a week ago. I sent in a poem. :)

      HP

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    3. Way to go, guys! This is awesome :)

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    4. Thanks, Ms. Morrill. It took me so long to hit send. I was just sitting there reading it over and over again for nonexistent typos until I finally mustered up the courage to send it. Imagine what I'll be like when I'm sending a query to an agent! Good luck, HP!

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    5. Thank you, Mrs. Morrill! And best wishes to you too, Ana! :)

      HP

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  2. Thank you for the encouragement! It's so hard to think of waiting, AND to think of the sheer amount of time it takes to revise a book. I must press on! :)

    walking in the air.

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    1. It's a very big investment and a lot of waiting, I know. One day at a time!

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  3. Love this quote, Steph! It's so true.

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  4. This quote is so true! Sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for :)

    Kat, www.thewordsatplay.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great quote, and to be honest, one that I needed to hear right now. Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part, whether its in writing or life! :)

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    1. It's something I need to remind myself of regularly as well, Gillian. That it's okay to have to wait.

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