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I’m not a famous writer, I know that. I’m not extraordinarily witty, I know that too. But what I am is determined, and that’s enough to keep me going. Some folks might have backed down by now, might have seen the constant rejection as a sign that they’re not in the right place, or on the right path, or have no business doing what it is they love as more than a hobby.

I’m in the right place. I’m doing the right thing, and my passion, my hobby, my love, is in my writing. It’s not about to be dimmed by anyone that says otherwise, and I’m not about to back down to anyone that tries to keep me down. My work has been criticized by those that know what they’re doing and those that think they have a handle on what’s good, and the truth is I value both since honestly the compliments are a sign that I’m in the right place, while the detractors are a sign that someone’s either jealous or threatened in some way, meaning I’ve done something they can’t match.

Know what though? I don’t care. I’m not here to compete with other writers. I’m not wading into the creativity pool to kick people out or drown them in their own hubris. I’m here to write, to do what I love to do, and I’m here to make sure that those who would try to do the same to me aren’t good enough, aren’t tough enough, and don’t have the stomach to go the distance with me when it comes to tenacity. You want to do your thing, that’s fine and just as it should be, but that should never mean you prevent someone else from doing their thing, no matter if they’re better than you or not.

Real writers don’t look to push each other down, they don’t look to ruin each other’s reputations, and they don’t try to outdo each other. It’s a big world with a lot of stories to tell, and the people will decide whose they want to listen to.

You want to knock me down? Try it. My promise is this, I’ll get back up and keep going. You don’t have what it takes to stop me.

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