by Jonathan on November 17, 2009

A few days ago I was at an SCBWI Tokyo event for children’s book writers, and heard this really exceptional quote from Alvina Ling, Senior Editor at the Little, Brown and Company publishing house:

“Published authors aren’t necessarily the best writers – just the ones who didn’t quit.”

That really struck a chord with me, as everything I’ve been working on for the last year has been to support my goal of becoming a published author.

This event came right after I returned from Nagoya, a few days after I finished reading Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell. I don’t agree with everything he says, but one exceptional point that he raises (and that I’ve heard somewhere before) is that the elite in any field, whether it be music, sports, business, or writing, have spent an average of 10,000 hours honing their craft.

10,000 hours.

Seems like a huge number, doesn’t it? That’s three hours of writing, everyday, for the next 9.1 years. Daunted yet? I’d be a bald-faced lier if I said I wasn’t.

What’s encouraging is that you, like me, probably already have quite a few hours under your belt. This is simply a reminder of the importance of writing and honing your craft every single day. And, most importantly, never giving up.

Hrm, seems like I’ve heard that before….


Great googly moogly!

by Jonathan on October 7, 2008

It’s always encouraging when you pick up a manuscript you’ve been setting aside for several months…and it ends up being better than you remember. I’m completely biased, of course, but The Stonemen’s Legacy isn’t total crap after all. Apart from a few doofy sections that need to be spruced up a bit, it was remarkably fun to read.

Obviously, my opinion only counts for so much seeing as how I’m still unpublished. Even so, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and have no problems being brutally honest with myself. Only time will tell if the rest of the literary world agrees with me. 😉

So, I’m striking onward fearlessly. Encouragement is something every writer could use more of, especially those of us who can’t yet rush to the local bookstore and see our works in print.


Back on track

April 7, 2008

Just got back from reading a friend’s blog. Ara Burklund is a rather amazing writer who is literally on the cusp of breaking into that most-holy-of-holy places we all want to be…Getting Published. Less I be misunderstood, she’s not quite there (yet), but just by looking at her writing regimen it will come as no […]

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Writing, writing, and more writing…

March 22, 2008

At least, that’s what I’d like to have been doing the entire time I’ve not been posting here. Truth is, being the man of the house, I feel compelled to provide my family with a few niceties such as food and shelter – writing, most unfortunately, doesn’t yet enable me to do that. So, for […]

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November 18, 2007

So I was sitting in front of my laptop last night, working on a new site I had dreamed up, and suddenly realized I’d spent the better part of the last week working on it with no real progress, and without getting even so much as five pages of writing done. That’s when I realized, […]

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Holy mackerel!

October 14, 2007

Yes, that’s what I said when I realized it’s been over a month since my last post. Amazing, really amazing how time zips by when you’re caught up in the many intricacies of daily life. Not much to update you all on regarding ms progress. Still working on the dictionary copyediting job, which should get […]

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No Excuses

September 9, 2007

That’s my motto in life, so I have no excuse for not posting here before now — I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’d like to blame it on the fact that I’ve been working like a madman on this most recent copyediting job that got tossed my way, but truth be told I […]

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SCBWI Goodness

August 17, 2007

So here I am, two weeks out from the summer conference, still trying to wrap my head around everything I learned. Wow. Chances are it’s going to take me a while to really absorb everything. I made copious notes, almost enough to fill a book, and will be perusing through them at my leisure. But […]

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SCBWI Summer Conference

August 2, 2007

As I write this I am in Los Angeles, the day before the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators summer conference begins. This will be my first writer’s conference ever and I am very excited about it! I look forward to learning a great deal and rubbing shoulders with some of the best and […]

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July 25, 2007

Alas, there is but one great joy writers yearn for – but on the road to that elusive goal there is much waiting. And that’s where I’m at now. I wish there was something exciting happening for me to gush on, but such a miracle will have to wait for another time. I know agents […]

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