If At First . . .

Yesterday I came across Kristen Lamb’s latest blog post, discussing the 5 Keys to Writing Success.  (BTW, Kristen has a couple best-selling books — We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer . — that come highly recommended and are on my TBR list.)  If you’ve never read Kristen’s blog, I recommend it.

Anyhow, it was one of those things that comes at the exact moment you need it.  She had a lovely anecdote about a biome experiment.  I’ll let you read it for yourself, but the gist of it was this:  Failures=storms. Embrace the storms. They make you grow.

Since I’m in full-blown query mode with BD&L, I occasionally need to be reminded of these things.  So that everyone can be reminded, I share the following factoids:

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.

 An expert said of Vince Lombardi: “He possesses minimal football knowledge and lacks motivation.” Lombardi would later write, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

Babe Ruth is famous for his past home run record, but for decades he also held the record for strikeouts. He hit 714 home runs and struck out 1,330 times in his career (about which he said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”). And didn’t Mark McGwire break that strikeout record? (John Wooden once explained that winners make the most errors.)

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.

Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Oh, and Walt Disney wouldn’t hire him.

Write on!


One response

  1. This post is very timely for me as I get ready to query my novel again. Seems like it’s been ‘try the query route one more time’ for several years now.

    I knew some of the above trivia, but not all of it. For instance I didn’t know that about Einstein or Lombardi. I did know that about Disney, which is one of the reasons he is my hero.

    Thanks for posting this. I love having it all in one place to read and say to myself, see, that’s why you’re trying the query route one more time.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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