“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison
The athlete that trains the hardest is the one who gets lucky in the game. The person who studies the most does the best on the exams. There is no substitute for hard work.
I have dreams of being a successful writer. To be number one on the New York Times best seller list. To have my books sold in book stores across the country. I have gone so far as to enter the local library in town and to see exactly where on the shelf my books would be.
Allow me to dissect between a dream and a fantasy. A dream has the potential of coming true a fantasy is impossible. What do I mean by that? I will never become heavy weight boxing champion of the world. I am fat and fifty years old. For that matter I could dedicate every spare hour I had in the cause and still I would fail miserably. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it and even exploring those dreams. But when you come down to it there is absolutely no substance in the desire.
Now to become a successful writer is a dream. I presently have eleven books out and more under contract to come. Sure the odds are against me. I don’t have an agent and I am only published by small publisher. Yet still there is a real possibility that I could achieve unlimited success. My hopes are founded in reality.
Which brings me to the inspiration and perspiration part. It is a hard thing to write diligently every day when things aren’t rocking. To be honest my books do not sell but I don’t attribute that to bad writing. Rather I am realistic knowing that there are a million books that come out every year. To get recognized above the crowd is a marketing feat. Most of the successful authors have grand stories of their own lives to tell. The pattern seems consistent in that they struggled hard and that they were rejected numerous times. The shared story doesn’t end there. No the successful writers kept going on in their trade and persevered. In the end they were vindicated with great success.
But there are only a handful of J.K. Rowling and Stephen King success stories anyway. The hard part is to believe in one’s self enough to keep going when things don’t look promising. I started out my career getting science fiction story after science fiction story rejected. (Happy to say they are under contract to come out in a small publisher soon!) It was disheartening. Then I switched to poetry which is a much easier market to break into. With each rare success the excitement encouraged me to write more. Now with five books of poetry and appearing in about one hundred outlets I am poised for a major break through. Check out this and tell me what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiVmcJ_tBjg&t=31s
No matter if I sell millions of books or only a handful I have to count my writing as a success already. For one thing I’ve excelled many others in the trade already. Secondly is that my mental illness severely hampered my efforts. It is true that I had time to devout to my craft but I lacked the technical training I could have aggressively pursued.
All in all this is life and we only get to go through it once. I am talking to my fellow sufferers of mental illness in particular now. I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams and try to achieve. I understand things are greatly more difficult but that doesn’t matter. A true champion isn’t necessarily the one on top but rather the one who gave it their best shot.
Please check out my books and give a comment on what you think. Here is a link to Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/poet-to-the-poor.html