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Michael A Gibbs

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  Michael A Gibbs's Success Story
Success is directly proportionate to effort. Other elements often enter, changing to some extent what an individual might achieve, but effort is the single most powerful constant in getting published, assuming the writer has the needed basic talent. Effort involves more than just writing and submitting. That's the fun part, the easy part. Before a piece is written, be it short story, poetry, novel, or nonfiction, the real effort has already been expended. The writer has long ago either been taught or taught herself how to apply talent toward her writing goals. Without education, without knowledge of the unnumbered techniques of writing, the most talented writer will fail.
I've said all that to say this about myself: My cluttered writing room (and one must have a writing room) holds stack upon stack, row upon row, of books on every subject pertaining to the craft of writing that I've been able to find. The mass will continue to grow, because no single person can ever know it all. I own and have studied books on character development, scene and setting, dialogue, point of view, conflict and action, structure, plotting, description, grammar, style, usage, and all sorts of handbooks and guidelines for constructing fiction and nonfiction. I have several kinds of dictionarys and synonym finders. My compter holds software that answers questions the books do not. Additionally, I've collected books that give me the details of history, science, societies, or whatever topic I've needed to research. Invaluable, these books, all of them, and they are referred to countless times during any given writing session. How on earth would one write an article or a book length work if she was not more intimately familiar with the topic than her readers? I don't believe you can become that familiar by looking at Internet pages and perusing books at the library. Both methods are indeed helpful, but you need a tangible source at your fingertips, because the thing you think not important enough to look up, will be the very thing an editor will spot, and then pause to wonder at your knowlege of the subject.
Effort has given me success with the following magazines, some many times over: The Gem, Wing World, Evangel, Mature Years, Mature Living, Muzzleloader, FBI National Academy, The Storyteller, Blue Ridge Traditions, and The Virgina Trooper.
Three of my four novels have been published.
For every accepted submission, I have piles of rejection notices. Effort means believing that rejections are the publications' loss; it means submitting again and again, revising when needed.
I share my small successes to inspire those who've not been published. It takes effort, and effort translates to hours of your time, and money out of your pocket or purse. Go ahead and spend both the time and money. Just do it! Money is temporary and time is relative. Consider your life in relation to the ages past. You'll be dead soon, regarless of your present age. What will you have left of yourself that won't evaporate to the ages? How few generations will pass away before everything about you is forgotten by humankind, unless you leave something you wrote? No amount of effort is too great, unless your spiritual beliefs suffer. Be selfish in that regard; set daily hours aside for your writing, and keep those hours faithfully. If other areas of your life are hindered as a result, so be it. Effort--true effort--is derived only from passion, and you are either passionate about your writing or you are not.

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