Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April IWSG: Perseverance Road










Welcome to Perseverance Road!


I'm honored this month to be a co-host for the Insecure Writer's Support Group this month. Our fearless leader, Alex Cavanaugh is participating and a co-host for the A to Z challenge. Visit his blog to check out his posts! 

Please thank my awesome co-hosts: Hart JohnsonChemist KenTerri RochenskiClare Dugmore, &Lilica Blake!

In honor of the IWSG, I'd like to chat a moment about PERSEVERANCE. The only way to succeed is, as Nike so simply tells us, just do it. Even when the odds are against you. Push through. 


Don't let others tell you you're not good enough or you can't do it. 


Turn around and say, "Watch me."

If writing is your dream. Don't give up. You're the only one who can make it happen.

On March 1st, I set a goal of doing a full revision pass on a 75k novel in 30 days. Lofty goal, you might say. Yes it was. There were days when I thought, this will never happen. But I showed up every day and made it happen. On March 31st, I met my goal. I beat the odds.


You can, too!


Happy IWSG Day! Write on, folks~

P.S. If you're interested in being a part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, click on the link above. You can visit the IWSG Facebook page, too!

62 comments:

  1. Congrats on meeting your goal and thank you for the reminder. Persevering to accomplish things is something that can fall by the wayside if it slips the mind. I'm grabbing hold to my perseverance for a few lofty goals of my own.
    ((Big Hugs!))

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  2. Congrats!

    I'm convinces, to succeed at being a writer, one has to be 80% teachable and 20% stubborn. But some days, one needs to be 20% teachable and 80% stubborn. LOL

    Thanks for co-hosting. :)

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  3. I persevere in bouts, very productive bouts too, but I procrastinate all other times. It's infuriating. I'm so pleased for your productivity, may it continue!

    shahwharton.com

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    1. Thanks Angela. Hugs back at ya!
      Melissa, stubborn is another word for perseverance. :)
      Thanks, Shah!

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  4. Great words of wisdom. Just keep going. Just keep writing.
    Thank you for co-hosting today!

    Heather M. Gardner
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    Stormy's Sidekick
    Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Co-Host

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I loved co-hosting. :)

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  5. Congratulations! That's awesome. I do better with one month goals like that. Probably why I still haven't finished my current manuscript.
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  6. That's my favorite word!!! And congrats on reaching your goal. :D

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  7. congratulations on meeting your goal! and thanks for co-hosting, I just joined the group and it's great meeting you all

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  8. Oh, hey there! I see you on FB but I haven't been HERE in ages! Great to see you! And I LOVE that philosophy--that is totally me, too. I had a couple teachers over the years who figured it out, my calculus teacher most notably--nobody else could have tapped that stubborn streak to make me practice those dumb problems enough to get As in that class. But it is absolutely true with writing.

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    1. Isn't that funny? Those who I see on FB, I rarely visit their blogs anymore. Sigh. So little time... Good to see you here today. :)

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  9. You're absolutely right that we're the only people who can make it happen.

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    1. I enjoyed reading about your stellar news today!!

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  10. Congrats on meeting your goal, and great advice. Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month.

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  11. Hi fellow co-host Candilynn! Congratulations on meeting your goal; that's great! I'm thrilled to be working alongside such amazing talent this month. Have a great day. Lily-Eva

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  12. Congratulations on making your goal. I have the same goal this month. I am half way through editing my second book.
    I love the positive look of your blog!
    I have a similar sign next to my desk: If you don't want it to end up in my book, do not do it!
    Have a positive and powerful month.
    doreenmcgettigan.com

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  13. Well done, Candilynn! That's what it takes. I set a goal after my self-published book release last month to jump on the marketing train. Here's my first 45 days:

    Here's a fair estimate of what's happened since I got copies of my book on 2/20/2014: Number of books sold: 93. Number out for consignment: 27. Number placed/donated/given as prizes etc.: 75. Total Units Moved: 195 ish. So far: 7 Countries, International waters and more than 20 States.

    Good things happen when we put good energy to them and know we can accomplish our goals!

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  14. WOW.... CONGRATS! That is awesome. It took me about two months to do my total revision, but I did work with an editor, so I had to wait for feedback from her.

    YOU are so right... perseverance is the KEY!

    Thanks for co-hosting, Candilynn,

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  15. Congratulations on beating your goal! :D Perserverance is everything!

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  16. Perseverance is the keyword!
    Congrats on that full revision!
    And thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month!
    Writer In Transit

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  17. Great boost today! Thanks for sharing your story with us - a true encouragement!!

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  18. Love your post, Candilynn. Perseverance is my P post!

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  19. Well said! Just gotta keep going no matter what ... Congrats on hitting your March goal. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  20. Yes! You deserve a badge of cheese. Here's to overcoming and reaching for the stars. It's so true, there is only one way to succeed.

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  21. Thanks for being a cohost this month. Perseverance is one of my favorite P words.
    Play off the Page

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  22. If you never finish your task -- all your prior work will be for nothing, right? Congrats on meeting your goal. :-)

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  23. Yes, stcking at it is a lot about stubborn perseverence!

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  24. So glad you joined us for our March Madness insanity, and reached your goal. Perseverance is what got us through, but it helps to have others cheering us on, doesn't it? :)

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  25. I used to tell my kids that success had less to do with being the best than with perseverence. They didn't really believe me until they became adults.

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  26. Yeah that is the best way to be, rip off Nike and just do it at your sea

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  27. I guess ending up as an editor could be considered beating the odds. But in hindsight, it was bound to happen once I started sending Kindle notes on errors to authors. Now it's hard to find time to write, but after taxes are done, it'll be my challenge to rework some sad chapters. Glad you got yours whipped!

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  28. Thanks for co-hosting, visiting me and for your (more than you know) appropriate post. We all need to be reminded to put or head down and push through.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

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  29. Oh boy!!! I'm having such a blast visiting blogs today!

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  30. I'll be back around later today to answer some comments here. Thanks for stopping by! Much thanks to my fellow co-hosts! Y'all rock. :)

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  31. Perseverance is one of the best ways to combat the insecure writer's affliction. Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG today!

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  32. WOW! Good for you!
    What a great message. It's hard for writers, especially new writers, to persevere. Especially in the face of rejection and criticism. I'm with you... DON'T GIVE UP!

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  33. Good job meeting our goal. Perseverence, that's the key. Thanks for being a co-host this month.

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  34. Perseverance yes. I am writing my first novel and taking it through NaNo I hope this months of perseverance will help reach my goal. I enjoyed the post a lot.

    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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    1. Great message, Gina!
      Thanks, Diane!
      Best of luck on your first novel, Juneta. :)

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  35. Yay for you! Half the battle takes place in our own heads, when we tell ourselves we can't. But we CAN! Thanks so much for co-hostig this month.

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  36. Congrats on perservering and reaching your goal. I've learned to write cleaner first drafts and can now do a revision of a full novel in less than two weeks. Yay, me! That's for an established series though. It may go slower for the new one.

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  37. Perseverance is so important. Good for you in making a goal and sticking to it. That's awesome!

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Writing Tips
    Effectively Human
    Lots of Crochet Stitches

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    1. So true, Julie!
      Mary, you've got this thing down to an exact science!
      M.J. Thanks. :)

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  38. Yay Candilynn! Super congratulations! I knew you could do it!!

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  39. Writing is all about perseverance, and thank you for the reminder!

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  40. That's a lot of words in 30 days. Congratulations. My new word now is perseverance. Thanks for an encouraging article, and thanks for co-hosting today.

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    1. Thanks, Randi. :)
      You're quite welcome, Liza!
      Glad you found some encouragement here, Beverly. :)

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  41. Wow! Way to go! That's a great goal, and impressive that you made it! Happy IWSG day :)

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  42. Well done on achieving that, think I need to take a leaf out of your book. Don't worry I'll put it back in the right place!

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  43. Thanks, AJ!
    I share well, Kirstyes. :)

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  44. I am mucho proud of you. I shout and sing! Perservere and you will succeed! Hugs, Candi.

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  45. Congratulations! That is quite impressive, what you did in March. Go girl! And thanks for the pep talk. I need that right now...Thanks for co-hosting on IWSG this month!

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  46. Perseverance is so important! I'm about to start last revisions on my first full length novel before I send it to the editor, so I can totally relate to that.
    Lucinda Whitney

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