Friday, April 8, 2011

Encouragement Rocks!

"Hello. My name is Bethany and I'm a reject."
"Hello Bethany."

As writers hoping to get published, and actually earn money with all the crack-pot ideas circulating through our brains, we all have those days when we're ready to call it quits. Throw in the towel. Kick it to the curb. Say, "Sayonara, Sweetheart." SO...WHY DON'T WE?

The answer is simple: ENCOURAGEMENT.

Without our mothers' reassurance that we've been talented since birth, or our QT friends reminding us that Stephen King's CARRIE was rejected 30 times before finally being published (That's true. I googled.) we'd just end up wandering through the creative Walmart of life. No direction. No hope. Just pent up frustration and the underlying fear that any day we'll be captured on camera, wearing an ill-fitting thong, while digging through the newest batch of must-have, roll-back items.

So here's to all the encouraging people in our lives: To the moms and dads, the sisters and co-workers. To Internet pals, the I.T. guy who fixed your computer, and the guy on the corner who smiled at just the right moment. To your husband, your kids, your second cousin, and Charlie Sheen (because he could probably use a shout out right now). We say THANK YOU! Thank you for encouraging us to keep going--it means the world! (I also hate Walmart and brutally mock and judge the people in those emails.)

This post was inspired by the note my brilliant and incredibly loving eight-year-old daughter left on edge of the bath tub last night. She knows I have a dream. She knows it's a big one. And she believes, wholeheartedly, it will come true! Thanks, Gracie.