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Every week in PASS IT ON I hunt down an inspirational quote. Last week I included a quote by Harriett Beecher Stowe who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Earlier that day, so last Monday (25th June) I received my copy of The School Magazine (Orbit) that contained a poem of mine called The Crows.

This poem had been accepted for publication five years ago, and while I hadn’t forgotten about it completely, it certainly wasn’t something that was on my mind and so came as a lovely suprise when it finally did arrive, rekindling that spark that I felt was beginning to fade. I think this is why I chose that particular quote because it really resonated with me and helped me to remember why I write in the first place, because I love playing with words, I love their sounds, their shapes, their ability to stir up emotions, their musicality, their beauty and their power.

As you know, earlier this year I received a Maurice Saxby Mentorship. I received this mentorship for one reason only – I applied for one. If I hadn’t applied I would have had no chance at all. I read another quote the other day, not sure who said it but it went something like…

To increase your success rate you must double your failure rate.

This is something that I think I had forgotten until quite recently. Appying for the mentorship was the first challenge I’d set myself in a long time. I’d been resting on my laurels, content with past successes yet knowing that I needed to take the next step if I was ever to realize my dream.

Another quote that comes to mind…

Nothing succeeds like success.

Which brings me to why I have written this post titled NEVER GIVE UP.

On Tuesday 26th June, I received a phone call. THE phone call. The one that we writers all dream of receiving one day. The one that takes your breath away, that puts jelly in your legs and tears in your eyes. The one that makes you so, so glad that you never gave up. THAT phone call.

And now I can call myself author!

So if any of you reading this have found yourself feeling less than enthusiastic about the direction in which your writing is going – step outside your comfort zone, do something different, something new, something scary. Allow yourself to feel vulnerable, allow yourself to fail but whatever you do… DON’T EVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP!!

47 thoughts on “NEVER GIVE UP

  1. oh love, this blog gave me goosebumps…. thank you for sharing. I wont give up 😉 COngratulations on all your hard work. I am so pleased for you! I hope i am able to join you on that list one day, and call myself an author too!

    1. Thanks Kelly – don’t give up and I’ll look forward to the day that you receive YOUR phone call 🙂

    1. Yes it’s a great quote isn’t it. Another one I like is – it’s always darkest before the dawn. At the end of the day, I LOVE quotes!

    1. Thank you Dee!! I feel so humble and so grateful. I can’t wait for you to read it – I can’t wait for EVERYONE to read it 🙂

  2. That’s terrific news, Jackie! Love the quote about ‘doubling your failure rate’…so true. Look forward to reading your book when it’s published.

  3. Congratulations Jackie. You’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s finally paid off. Keep smiling!

  4. Hi Jackie, congratulations, this is such exciting news. You’re a wonderful writer and poet and I really appreciate your MS Rhyming Service. Good on you!

  5. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. (Thomas A. Edison) I first heard this quote at a workshop held by Sue Whiting at last year’s CYA Conference. She spoke powerfully, as have you through your blog. I feel so inspired hearing of your success. Thank you for sharing this with us. Sincerest congratulations.

    1. Thanks Lorraine, from my hometown – well Cornwall is my actual hometown, give it a wave for me 🙂

  6. Congratulations Jackie. I had one of those phonecalls. It totally changed my life. For the better. And that was just the start. I hope your phonecall does the same for you. Cheers.

  7. Yay for you Jackie – can’t wait to see your book when it steps out into the world – and, yes, we all need to remember to hang in there. Thanks for the reminder.

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