A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice
Written by Jordan Rosenfeld Published by Writer’s Digest in 2015
Early this year God whispered to me that THIS would be the year that writing changes from an expensive hobby into a part-time career for me. THIS would be the year that I lay some other things aside and pour myself into writing.
Thus far it has been.
Following God’s direction I resigned from my beloved Write2Ignite Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults.
Then, I read several books for “career” writers. I also completed two courses on writing picture books. Pacing Picture Books to Wow! with Jodell Sadler, and The Complete Picture Book Submission System with Julie F. Hedlund and Emma Walton Hamilton.
Through God’s intervention I signed with a literary agent, Cyle Young of Hartline Literary. He has done much to motivate me to FINISH THOSE MANUSCRIPTS.
Through unhappy circumstances my responsibilities of frequently providing care for my four grandchildren has been downgraded to occasional sleepovers.
And, by God’s decree, my biggest responsibility, that of care-giving and advocacy for my disabled husband, ended when he passed away September 3, 2016.
Most recently I purchased another book A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice at the SCBWI Carolinas Conference. One word in the title grabbed me – PERSISTENCE. It is my hope and prayer that I’ll earn enough money writing to fill in any gaps that are sure to come.
Finances can be a powerful motivator.
So, I’ve begun the journey through A Writer’s Guide to Persistence. I haven’t been disappointed. Rosenfeld’s words are at once inspiring and therapeutic, disciplinary and encouraging to me. Her text zooms in on three things: Practice. Polish. Persist.
Rosenfeld weaves practical ways to balance writing with the rest of my life while increasing productivity. Throughout she reminds me that writing is a craft, a career and a practice.
She offers advice for authenticity by helping her readers find their own voices, by helping them take risks as writers, and by offering ways to increase creativity.
She offers a different tact on revision and honing our craft.
A Writer’s Guide to Persistence also gives encouragement and practical ways to push through rejection and self-doubt.
At the end of each short chapter are two sets of practical activities called “WORK IT” and “MOVE IT.” WORK IT contains practical yet philosophical assignments to help writers figure out why they are writing and why they want to persist. MOVE IT offers ways to physically move our bodies in order to avoid fatigue, stiff muscles and exhaustion which leads to writer’s block.
The book includes a detailed index, also.
I’m still in the first section: PRACTICE, but I’m already seeing real value for my investment of money and time working my way through A Writer’s Guide to Persistence.
I do not plan to rush through this volume. I’m taking it slow and steady so as to gain maximum benefit from Rosenfeld’s inspiring and therapeutic, disciplinary and ENCOURAGING WORDS.
I’m in this second career for the long haul.