Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quest


What is your quest?

Whether it's to become a great artist, singer, or writer you need to believe in yourself. I've brought this up before on my blog, but it's very important. If you don't believe in yourself you will never fulfill your quest.

I wrote for many, many, many years before I ever saw a story of mine published. Before publication, I worked hard to learn my craft, sat in many painful critique sessions, and received a lot of rejections. And even after having some of my novels published, I still receive rejections. But I have learned that part of reaching my goal is learning from rejection and moving on. AND most importantly, never stop believing in myself.

I have been very fortunate to have had several of my novels published. If I had quit believing in my quest I never would have seen that dream come true.

Do I have other quests? Oh, yes. I'd love to travel more, play a par round of golf, and retire to a log cabin. I'm still working on those.

What is your quest?



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    1. Laura,
      You'll reach it, too. Keep believing.

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  2. This is awesome. We wrote about the same thing today so I obviously agree :) Fun post. Glad I found your blog.

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    1. Leigh,
      Great minds think alike. I'll hop over and visit you soon. :)

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  3. Hi Kathi, I like this Q word. Mine has always to strive to be more outgoing. I was shy in school and growing up and then young adulthood still more a followerer then a leader, I think I am some better now that I am in 70's but still lack something as I usually let the other person take the lead.
    I too would like to retire to a beautiful Log cabin.
    Paula O

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    1. Paula,
      I used to be the same way, but on the book-signing trail I quickly learned I had to overcome shyness if I was going to become successful. And I have found it's a lot of fun. Sure there are people who ignore me, but that's all right. I'm there for those who want to talk. It's all good.

      I have my log cabin plans ready to go. Just need the funds and time. :)

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  4. What a great word for Q. I have so many quests, but I need to narrow my focus, I believe. It's easier to achieve and finish if you have the end result in mind.

    Great post. Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

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    1. That is very true. I can't start writing a story unless I know how it is going to end. Much luck to you on the challenge as well.

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  5. I'm on a quest to finish (and publish) my first novel! 10,000 words in so far and only 50,000 more to go! Thanks for this, Kathi. It was exactly what I needed!

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  6. Thank you for writing encouraging words, especially useful for we writers who are working to produce writing that represents our personal best. Thank you also for adding we must have faith in ourselves, especially for that more difficult quest to publication.

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    1. Beth,
      You're very welcome! We have to believe we can do it. If we don't, who will? Go get 'em, Beth!

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