I’ve seen some people with great talent go nowhere in life because their biggest setback and obstacle to forward progression and guaranteed success was having a deceitful mind-set and a conniving personality. It’s more than a tragedy when exceptionally talented people are really their own worst enemy.
I believe the last time I shared this piece that I wrote with anyone was last year around this time. I made a bunch of copies for a class full of kids I was invited to speak with in their Creative Writing class. I hope you find it inspiring too…
You may have heard something to the effect of “The graveyard is full of unrealized goals, unlived dreams and untapped-into potential”. In other words, it simply means that many people have died having not lived their lives to their absolute, fullest potential. By the same token, I’m sure that some people tried to live their dream and worked really hard at it, but unfortunately, for some reason or the other didn’t see it materialize.
Achieving great things by use of our gifts and talents oftentimes do not come easily. People who have become majorly successful in life will probably tell you that it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, serious thoughts of wanting to give up, and episodes of utter hopelessness after seeing no way that things can possibly work out in their favor. Yet, they are now living those dreams and finally able to exhale. You may wonder what it took; how they made it and the simple answer to that is: Indomitable Persistence. Persistence in the face of difficulty; persistence in the face of opposition & ridicule; persistence in the face of hopelessness & despair; drying the tears, dusting themselves off and getting back up — and repeating that scenario over and over again.
The road to realizing your dream is not an easy one to travel. It is a terribly rough surface filled with unbelievably huge potholes that require a great test of your fortitude and faith to get across. You must be able to envision that beautiful, smoothly paved road on the other side although it is nowhere in sight. The bottom line is the desire to achieve your dream must be far beyond the comprehension of others; it must be glued to and ingrained in every fiber of your being. Otherwise, when the road gets rough (and it will) you will throw in the towel and put it aside – probably forever – and those goals, dreams & aspirations will join the millions of others in the graveyard. If it’s not difficult enough to test every bit of determination in your soul, then it’s not truly your dream, your goal, your aspiration. I believe we can all achieve whatever level of success appointed to us; many times we get so discouraged and give up just before the breakthrough. If only we can see how close we really are.
– Tanya R. Taylor
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The “high road” is never a road low-minded people take. Don’t let these people offend you lest you descend to their level of mediocre thinking. Think: “High road equals success, favor, open doors & limitless opportunities. Low road equals: Obstacles, hindrances, blockages, mishaps & regret.”
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“No one’s out there,” Michael said.
“But I saw a woman!” Mira insisted. “She was standing right next to my bed!”
“A woman?” Sara’s expression was one of shock.
“Yes – a black woman wearing a long, white dress. It was all covered in blood. I saw her yesterday… at the Ferguson house.”
“Where?” Michael asked.
“The Ferguson house. Wade and I went over there to pick dillies and we walked a little further up the trail and saw the house.”
“You mean Cornelius’ house?” Michael asked.
“Cornelius? Who’s Cornelius?” Mira was puzzled.
“Come,” Michael took her hand with a slight sense of urgency. They sat down together on the bed while Sara remained near the doorway.
If you stop moving forward, you know for sure that you’ll never get to where you want to be.
The main factor a person should realize when setting out to publish a book is that the book represents the author and what is produced is a sheer reflection on that individual’s ability to write. I do not imagine that anyone wants anything less than quality work with their name attached to it for the world to see. It is one thing to have a story in mind and to jot it down or type it, but there is a compilation of specialized skills that is involved in professional book writing.
Writing, like editing, requires focus, concentration, an outline to work from – whether it is on paper or held in thought. Different types of books require little or no imagination or indeed a lot. However, every book requires some degree of creativity if it is to captivate the person who decides to pick it up and read it. Whether it is a Fiction, Non-fiction, How-to, Biography, Historical or Poetry book, if it is to sell, it must be one that grasps the reader’s attention – even while on the bookshelf. The synopsis/overview on the back cover should be the second seller – the title and design on the front cover the first and the inside text should be the feature that has that person telling everyone about how great your book is. Word of mouth is powerful and is one of the greatest marketing tools out there. So, in essence, in order to achieve the type of response you hope for in terms of sales, every aspect of your book should be appealing. All bases must be covered and always remember that what you put out there is a sheer reflection on your ability to write.
What Editing Entails
Manuscript editing is a very tedious, detailed process. It is the very next step after a manuscript has been written. There is something in the editing world referred to as: near letter perfect. This means that an edited project should have minimal to no errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure. Sentence structure is very important because a paragraph and sets of paragraphs should ‘flow’ and not be ‘mumbo-jumbo’. This type of work requires the skills of an individual who somewhat masters this field and has a natural knack for words and phrases. The average reader, whether or not well-versed in English, might notice certain errors such as words and phrases used out of context if they occur. Ultimately, the quality of the work is judged.
Before placing a treasured book of yours on the market, it is a must that it be properly edited first. Editing does not simply entail reviewing and correcting the manuscript during a first reading only. It means reviewing and reviewing, reading and re-reading (which can sometimes be a minimum of 3 or 4 times over) until the piece is near letter perfect. This takes hours of focus and concentration, but is essential if you want to produce quality work.
What about bad reviews?
Every book – including the most well-written and thought out stories – will have bad, unfair, and sometimes even “nasty” reviews posted under it. The author cannot control that. People leave bad reviews for a number of reasons. Sometimes, they just didn’t like the story or the author. For others, grammatical errors (if any) took away from the smooth flow of the text; and for others (believe it or not) – they simply complain about everything even when there’s nothing to complain about. There are even some authors out there who are just plain nasty to fellow authors because they cannot stand to see someone else getting ahead. Your job, as a writer, is to ensure that you produce good, quality work to the best of your ability. Be open to constructive criticism when it is presented in a decent way, but don’t focus on those persons who simply take pleasure in knocking your hard work down and being outright cruel. Good reviews will always overshadow the bad.
Hard work eventually pays off. Take the time to hone your craft, give it your best, and sooner or later, you’re bound to reap a harvest of success.