Friday Focus: The professional writer

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." ~ Richard Bach

See! It isn't the perfect query, the well-worded synopsis, the requests for partials filling up our email inboxes, the contests we've won. It's not quitting when the going gets tough, when the words don't come, when everything looks jumbled and nothing makes sense and we think we're crazy for doing what we're doing.

So keep going, no matter what, my writerly friends! Be a professional! =)

Happy Friday!


Linda G. said...

You are rockin' the great quotes! :) This is a really important one, too.

Cassandra Frear said...

Thanks. I needed that lift today. I'm tweeting this.

Andi said...


Lila Swann said...

Jessica, you have a talent for picking the quotes I need to hear most!

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

So glad you guys liked this quote - isn't it a great way to look at it?

Linda - I think you made my day by saying I'm rockin' . :)

Cassandra - Glad to give you a lift. We writers need them often!

Andi - lol you goof.

Lila - I needed to hear it too! =)

Lola Sharp said...

Love this quote. And your sweet pep talk. :)

Have a delightful weekend.

Anne Gallagher said...

That's one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors.

Thanks for the words of encouragement on my blog yesterday. I appreciate them.

Robyn Bavati said...

I heard this quote several years ago and it really did keep me going through the hard times and encourage me to persevere.

Lydia Sharp said...

This has always been one of my favorite quotes. Thanks for reminding me of it!

Eric W. Trant said...

Perfect quote!

I coach soccer, U10B, which is boys under 10.

We get monkey-stomped. Bad. Like 17-0, and that's a soccer score.

I tell my boys and their parents: If we learn nothing else from this season, we'll learn how not to quit.

I said that last season, at the end, after we'd scored 2 goals against 120 goals the whole season.

Now we're back for more! So far it's about 35 goals against us, and we have 1 goal from last week.

It's about not quitting. It's about positive thinking: Next time we'll win. Tonight we'll be a better team! Go Great White! (that's our team name, The Great White)

It's about being too stupid to quit, which explains a lot about the most successful people in the world.

So dumb yourself down until you're too stupid to know you're beat. That's the only way to succeed.

- Eric