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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG DAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020, The Importance of Relentlessness after a Rejection by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,

It is IWSG Time, and we have moved out into a new decade and a new year. So, Happy New Year!

IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

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The Importance of Relentlessness after a Rejection

Last Sunday shook parts of the United States. I know it shocked me. As I sat before my television and looked at the video clips about Kobe Bryant’s relentlessness and his pursuit of becoming the best basketballer he could be, it had me thinking about my relentlessness in writing. 

It doesn’t matter how good you think you are; the question is always how good you are willing to become. Being relentless is not the guarantee for becoming a great writer, but it is the key to maximizing your talents. Relentlessness puts you out there to learn what you don’t know and to put your writing out for others to see and criticize.

I received a genuinely nice rejection letter again as I looked at a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his eighty-one-point game. It took Kobe some time to get on a level where he could shoot eighty-one points. It took relentlessness to keep shooting, working out even when he was tired, frustrated, and depressed. I’m quite sure that sometimes the level he wanted to reach seemed too far away, yet he kept moving, kept working, always giving his best in whatever he did, and he made it. 

I looked at my rejection letter once again. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was enough in that letter to encourage me to keep on writing, and to keep on submitting stories. One day I’ll walk through that door. 

Wishing all of you a lovely month of February. 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat G