When considering a topic, I've decided to go with one few writers talk about--
How do we get back up when we fall.
In my writing career of nearly twenty years, like most writers I've had my ups
and downs. Once, just after my fifth book came out, my numbers were so bad my
editor assured me I wouldn't be writing another book for them, except for the
fact I'd signed a two book contract. I was down and almost went back to
teaching. I'd already written book six, so I decided to try one more time. I
won a RITA with that sixth book.
Since then I've learned to take the ups with the downs. I love the ups---the
awards, the lists, the money---but I think it's been the downs I've had that
have taught me the most in this game of writing. Sometimes I've learned to try
harder. Sometimes I've learned to trust myself.
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