We all had goalz. And we'd tweet each other to see when we were writing, and we emailed each night our final word count and last lines. (I like to see the lines out of context--plus, it made me write a really good line every time in case that was my last one and I had to email it off. No lie.)
I thought I'd be cool and put up our twitter feeds. But that got squashed real quick when I realized how much, um, work that was going to be. Ha!
Anyway, I wanted to talk about working hard today. In one of the tweets, Ali called me a workhorse. Last week, when I posted my jacket, Shannon commented that she knew all along that I was a vampire, since I don't sleep (I mean, how else do I get everything done that I get done?).
And I realized that I am a bit of a workhorse.
My husband said it best: "When Elana does something, she does it." (Said to a friend of ours.)
And he's right. When I do something, I do it. I work at it. And work at it. And work at it.
And then I work at it some more.
Because, let's face it, writing a book is a holy-truckload-of-workhorses lotta of work. If you didn't know this already, I suggest you quit before you start. You'll be happier, your spouse/significant other probably will be too. And your kids? Cats? Whatever? They'll be happier too.
If you're still here, if you've accepted that writing this book is probably going to take more time and effort than graduating college, then crack your knuckles...
...and get back to work! (lol!)
But in all seriousness, as per yesterday's post, I absolutely for-sure 100% believe that in the end, hard work trumps all.
"Bad" luck? Hard work can overcome that.
Self-doubt? Hard work can overcome that.
Vomituous first drafts? Hard work can overcome that.
Negative review? Hard work can overcome that.
Disappointment over rejection?
Wallowing in thoughts of "this is never going to happen for me"?
Scared someone else will beat you to a fresh idea?
Worried that you're running out of time?
Jealous that a friend got an agent/book deal/more money than you?
Hard work can overcome that.
Those who work hard, achieve.
I feel like that should be a quote from a famous person or something, so I Googled it. Nothin'. Dangitall. But I did find some other gems:
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." ~Ann Landers
"Luck to me is something else: Hard work." ~Lucille Ball
"There is no substitute for hard work." ~Thomas Edison
So don't give up. Work harder.
Have you seen the role of hard work in your life? How hard are you willing to work?
And don't forget to check out Badass Bookie's 2011 Debutante Event! All about POSSESSION today, including some quotes from the MC's. There're chances to win...not only my book, but 11 others too! So make sure you go check it out from now until December 31! (And thanks for visiting with me and Possession over there. You guys rock hard.)