On this 9-11 anniversary, a day of remembrance, I am always reminded of the phoenix. On that day, the world held its collective breath, and the solid ground beneath our feet shifted. We all have our stories to tell of that day, of where we were.
I was at my writing desk, totally absorbed in my characters’ world, when the phone rang. It was my daughter, calling from university.
“Mom, where’s Dad?” she said, worry in her voice. She’d grown up accustomed to his busy travel schedule for work.
“He’s in D.C.,” I said, “at a meeting near the Pentagon. Why?”
Well, that was a tense day.
Later, when my fingers stopped shaking long enough to call his cell phone, I got the ominous, recorded message that all lines were unavailable. (Who records those messages??)
He ended up driving his rental car all the way home to Colorado–in just 2 days.
In the aftermath of those tragic and chaotic days, no one knew what to expect next. For us writers, we didn’t know if the book business–or any other type of business–would rise again.
Writers can take a lesson from this reminder, because we have our own share of attempted knock-downs.
Ideally, we keep queries and short stories in the marketplace at all times. My own goal is to keep a dozen short stories out, trying to find a home, and a novel query pending. This means I receive rejections almost daily. One time I got five rejections in one day! Talk about a knock-down…
Personally, I’ve lost an editor three times, a publisher twice, and an agent once. Luckily, I’ve never lost the rights to my works, but I know many writers who have. Some writers even have to re-invent themselves in order to write again.
The bottom line is that we never give up. In spite of adversity, we don’t let those punches keep us down for long. We are the phoenix, and we always rise again!