Zip Lining Books

As a writer, do you zip books out practically in your sleep? Or do you struggle for each and every word in your story?

Regardless of impressions to the contrary, I think most of us fall into the latter category, big name authors included.

As writers we’re all at different aspects of our writing careers; no matter whether you’re multi-published by the traditional publishers, or self-published, or you’ve gone between those two extremes and published with a small press.

We all started at the same place…with a desire to see our written words in print.

In addition, everyone single one of us have to overcome obstacles in order to see our works-in-progress completed. A dear, dear friend is one of those who struggles to even get a few words written each day, depending on how her health is that day.

Writing – the essence of creating something unique, of telling a story and drawing the reader in – is her saving grace. So when she can, she’s at her keyboard working on the plot of a story, finding images of the main characters, doing research to make sure she has the facts straight. With major health problems, you can’t help but admire someone like that.

When I get depressed or upset with my lack of progress on a story, I simply look at my friend and think, “If she can do it, then what’s my excuse?” Um, none. No one thinks of themselves as a hero or a shining example. Except we affect more people than we realize simply by how we live.

You know, being too stubborn to give up is a good thing…especially where your writing is concerned.

It isn’t necessarily the most talented who ‘make it’ in the publishing world. It’s the people who hang in there, who keep pushing, who refuse to let life or circumstances keep them down.

So rise up and go WRITE my friends. 🙂


About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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10 Responses to Zip Lining Books

  1. Couldn’t agree more. And you’re, right. Your friend is a very special lady. 🙂

  2. Susan Shay says:

    Oh, Linda. What a beautiful story. So very true about our friend. I wonder if she knows just how many people she’s a hero to?

  3. Ashlynn says:

    Okay, guys, your gonna make me cry. I wouldn’t be where I am in my writing without you all helping in one way or another and I certainly don’t feel like a hero. Okay, yeah, I’m crying. 🙂

    I love you guys more than you could ever know.

    • Linda Trout says:

      I didn’t mean to make you cry, Ash. Friends, no, make that sisters, are there for each other. Even with all your health issues, you still get some writing done when you can, which is inspirational in itself.

      We love you, too. ♥

  4. Susan Shay says:

    Reblogged this on Susan Spess Shay and commented:
    Linda Trout, one of my long time writer friends, wrote about a dear friend of ours. I couldn’t help but share it. Here’s one talented writer writing about another.

    • Linda Trout says:

      Thank you so much for the reblog, Susan. Like Ashlynn, I wouldn’t be where I am in my writing today without the help of y’all. You’ve taught me so much and I sincerely appreciate all your help.

      But that’s what writers do, we pay it forward. Or backward, I’m not sure. 🙂 All I know is that we should take what we’ve learned from others and help those who come behind us. It only makes us better writers when we do, IMHO.

  5. Kathlyn says:

    I’d agree, ‘our friend’ is a wonderful example of perseverance and a can-do attitude. So glad that she’s in our lives.

    • Linda Trout says:

      Isn’t it funny how we influence others without even knowing it? Or trying for that matter. Just goes to show that our attitudes can make all the difference.

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