The Pusillanimous says, “There is a boulder in the road, I have to turn back.” The stubborn says, “There is a boulder in the road, I’ll just plow on through.” And he pushes and pushes while the boulder does not budge. The wise says, “There is a boulder in the road, hmmm.” She scratches her head and examines the boulder. She says to herself, “I can climb over it, I can go around it, or I can blast through it.” She looks around for the tools she has at her disposal, examines each way to see if she has enough energy to accomplish the task, and whether it requires assistance from others around her. Then she makes her decision.
(Sorry guys, I had to make the wise one female.)
I see many of these categories in the world of writing and publishing. There are the faint-of-hearts who work tenaciously on a manuscript only to give up after a few rejections from traditional publishers. Then there are those who submit the same manuscript over and over to every traditional publisher without making changes because their stories are just “so great”. And even after hundreds of rejection letters or worst yet, their lifelong work falls into the black abyss of unanswered queries, they still would not change a dot on their manuscripts.
And then there are those who encounter of the obstacle of the rejection by large publishing houses and determine to find a way to get their work out. So they make changes and expand their net to include small presses. They look into vanity. They look into independent publishing. They examine each method and determine which method is the best to get their work out there, and then they move forward.
Which kind of writer are you?