In this world of writing we all love, self-doubt, rejection, and author jealousy are all things we suffer from, and no one is immune. We all have our days where we just want to throw in the towel and call it quits when it comes to writing. But here’s three authors whose stories continue to inspire me to this day, and without their persistence, may never have become the successful authors they are now.
1.) JK Rowling
Are you surprised?
Everyone should know that JK Rowling is best known for her world-wide phenomena Harry Potter series. In multiple interviews, JK Rowling tells how the story for Harry Potter suddenly popped into her head one day while she was riding the train. Since then, she focused hard on her idea, developing it into the wizarding world we all know and love.
But she never gave up. Despite her rejections, and living with hardly any income while trying to raise a child, she continued to persist in getting her story into the world.
If she hadn’t, who knows where she would be? And beyond that, who knows where her readers would be?
2.) Stephen King
Contrary to popular belief, Carrie wasn’t actually Stephen King’s first novel. It was his fourth, but Carrie was the first to be published. He began writing it is a short story, and frustrated, he tossed the first three pages into the trash. His wife fished them out and encouraged him to continue.
We all know what happened next. King became one of the world’s most successful authors and master of horror. Had King given up after his first, second, or even third book, he probably wouldn’t be where he is today.
3.) Amanda Hocking
In 2010, Amanda Hocking began self-publishing her first books, and gained massive success with her My Blood Approves series. By 2011, her nine self-published books began earning her millions and she averaged on 9,000 book sales each day.
Frustrated with her constant rejection from agents and publishers, Hocking turned to the self-publishing world in an effort to get her books into reader’s hands. Since then, she’s signed with a traditional publisher, and her newer series have released in brick and mortar stores.
As frustrating as it can be to go the traditional route of publishing, giving up without trying all your options benefits no one, and I think Hocking’s success story represents that.
I find all three of these authors inspiring for the same reason: they never gave up. Despite their failures, their self-doubts, and the rejections – they all continued to work hard and pursue their dreams. And as hard as the writing world can be, it’s important to remember that giving up doesn’t get you anywhere in life.
“Each rejection brings us closer to acceptance.”
– Ramesh Lohia
XOXO – Devon