Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's Okay to be a Quitter

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Rejections suck.

Writing is hard.

Feedback is painful.

And the urge to quit is overwhelming.

We've all felt this way at one time or another. Today, I had a dear writer friend joke with me that she was going to quit.

"So do it," I told her.

Her eyes widened.

"Just as long," I continued, "as you stay committed to the cause and quit quitting."

You see, real quitting takes commitment, you can't half-ass it. Two years ago, after I received my 100th rejection on my first book, I threw in the towel. But, you see, I'm a hard core quitter. So much so that I quit quitting only a few months later and was back at the computer drafting my next novel - the novel that would land me my agent agent, go out on submission, and...well, hopefully I'll have news soon :)

So, my advice to those considering quitting? Go ahead. (Just remember to follow through.)



  1. I'm sorry you've had such an rotten day. :(

    Put it on the shelf and try something different. Or not...You'll be okay.

    Chin up...

  2. If you're going to do something, do it all the way right, Cole?

    Best post of the day!

  3. Hurray for quitting quitting! I hope things get easier soon.

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys! I meant for this post to be inpirational - lol. I had no idea how it could be taken the wrong way so I've recently edited the post. Hopefully my message is more clear :D

  5. I love this post! To be a hardcore quitter you have to quit quitting! Beautiful!

  6. I love that advice "Quit quitting". But, if you do something you gotta do it right.

  7. Sorry I missed this yesterday Cole, but I love how you put it in perspective.

    I guess you changed the original post but now it seems pretty upbeat. I totally agree though, never give up, just stop for a while from time to time.

  8. Great advice, Cole. I thoroughly believe that sometimes people just need a break and let the pressure off for a while.

  9. LOL okay cause I was confused for a second thinking "why would people think this was a bad post?" :D

    I am also a hard-core quitter. I quit something daily. I quit working to procrastinate and I quit procrastinating to work :D Gotta love quitting!

    Seriously awesome post :)

  10. Yeah. I feel like quitting a lot lately. I mean a lot. I don't want to be that writer that writes and doesn't see the forest for the trees or visa versa then doesn't learn. I want to keep moving forward, but I don't know if I am. I feel like I keep making the same mistakes over and over. And I feel like a turd. You got me. I said it. But you know what? I wrote today anyway. And I'll write tomorrow, too. I'll keep wiritng and hope I'm learning until--well, I don't know what until. It's better this way, to keep going.

  11. Nice way to flip a concept on its head! Okay, I'll quit quitting! ;)

  12. I feel much better after reading this post because I quit writing almost every day.


  13. I found it very inspirational..I will never quit..