PERSEVERANCE; The Virtue of Writers.

Written by James Okere

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PERSEVERANCE; The Virtue of Writers.
Authors who succeeded persevere. They work hard to succeed. In developing their writing skills, they persevere in their prayers to God, even when their prayers seem not to be answered. Authors meet challenges in their enterprise, but with a heart poise to succeed, they persevere and develop the appropriate solutions to tackle such challenges. Men and women who achieve excellence in writing books persevere and remain persistent towards their writing vision.

The accounts of many great authors show that they may have failed at different times in the road towards achieving success, yet they persevered and did not give up. Persistency requires personal sacrifice or extra-ordinary efforts to accomplish difficult tasks. It requires one to keep up with the face of oppositions, difficulties and failures at any stage of career.

The author of the book ‘The Days of the Jackal” which has been translated into major international languages and produced as a bestselling, award winning film, sent the book’s original manuscript to about fifteen publishers and they all rejected it and said it would never sell. So he was rejected and despite the rejection, the author refused to be discouraged. He vowed never to give up. So he persevered and kept knocking on the doors of publishers until one publisher accepted it and the book later made him a millionaire and a prominent author in the world.

George Bernard Shaw demonstrated perseverance, hard work, and resilience to succeed as an author.

George Bernard Shaw reached the top through sheer determination and self confidence. His mother was a music teacher earning a pittance, and he as a boy worked in an office to supplement the family income. He later resigned his office work, and took to writing.

For several years, whatever he wrote did not get published by the newspapers and magazines. But he remained resolute and kept his fighting spirit alive despite successive failures. George B. Shaw remained confident that one day he would succeed, thus he continued to strive. After some years, a few of his novels were published, but sales were very poor. He did not loose hope and continued writing until he broke the jinx through writing, and became an internationally acclaimed playwright, who won Nobel Prize for literature; a demonstration of perseverance.

Fannie Hurst surmounted her initial predicaments through sheer self confidence and persistence which are great genius traits.

Fannie Hurst wanted to become a writer. Her efforts to achieve her desire met with stiff oppositions. Fannie’s write ups were often rejected by publishers when she started to develop herself. She remained faithful with her God given ability.

Fannie Hurst received thirty-six rejection slips from just one publisher called – The Saturday Evening Post. She was not deterred, but continued to sweat it out for four years and then came the openings in a very big way. Wealth started following her, not only in abundance but consistently. Surprisingly, publishers that earlier rejected her works started reaching her for works to publish.

Fannie Hurst strengthened herself and un-lucked her God given potential. By her persistence, Fannie Hurst discovered herself, and worked hard to turn her ability into gold.

CHARLES DICKENS developed interest in writing after spending time in reading room at the British Museum. Charles had an uncle-John Henry Barrow from whom he received some writing coaching. He also started teaching himself Gurney system short hands writing. At age 18 he became freelance court stenographer.

At the age of twenty one, he was seen as an upcoming reporter in the London press. Charles later moved from being a reporter to doing a more creative works in writing. He started by writing “sketches” of people and places. Charles made efforts to get his first sketch “A Dinner at Poplar Walk” and by December of 1833 his piece was published in the Monthly Magazine. At this publication, he was paid nothing for his effort, nor was his name included with his work. He never bothered; rather he was keen in developing his writing.

Charles wrote for more sketches that were published without being paid for; this he did for a year and half. He only received recognition from editors and readers.

Dickens persevered and wrote his first novel (The Pickwick Papers) in installments, which were published in monthly installments called monthly numbers. The first monthly number sold fewer than 500 copies in April 1836, and by the fourth number, sales were up to 4000 copies, and at every publication, sales increased. At age twenty-five, he achieved success as an author. It is on record that Dickens wrote other works including sketches, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and many Christmas stories and edited various monthly magazines. When he had paid his dues, his work made him rich and widely famous. He later became a talented author in England’s history. Dickens later became an internationally celebrated and known writer. In all these, perseverance remained the keyword towards their accomplishments.

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