Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Discipline

Disipline: The ability to do a boring thing over and over again.
Like read your finished manuscript over for the fourty-fourth time looking for ways to improve it. Like combing the internet to find the agent of your dreams who may just think your manuscript is the story of their dreams.
Like reading ridiculously confusing submission guidelines eighteen times to make sure your submission to publisher x is perfect.
Like jogging thirty minutes up hill each day to lose the baby weight...Well, that may just be me...
Here's to the pursuit of discipline. Even if we don't get our stories published any time soon, at least these exercises in seeming futility will build up our endurance to be able to put up with just about any task...which includes doing 200 sit-ups each day to make the pregnancy pooch go away (just me again?)

3 comments:

  1. Love it. There has never been a more precise definition of discipline.

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  2. Yeah, but your manuscript is finished???? I have to go hate myself now.

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  3. It is "finished". I use the quotation marks because it doesn't fail that as soon as I send it into a publisher, I realize something I should have changed in the story. It never ends!

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