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The Lero Lero Factor

16 Jan

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I was once asked … “how do you handle failure? I mean as a writer you must get rejected all the time.”

Obvious is it? I guess I had that unsuccessful, starving writer look of failure branded on my forehead.

I said there’s no real trick to it. I’ve fallen plenty of times in life and most people have something inspirational to say, but for me it’s just the lero-lero factor, translated in English it’s the “in your face…in your face!” expression. The ability to say suck it! I did this in spite of you.

I don’t know how many times I’ve been told I couldn’t do it, by literary agents, publishers, contest judges, or critics…a.k.a family but the more they tell me the more it fuels me to continue and work harder. If someone told me I couldn’t run the marathon, I would bust my ass for three months just to run that monster 29.2 miles and crawl over the finish line hours later and say lero-lero.

It warms my heart, makes me smile, and lets me feel vindicated.  Lero-lero. It’s a powerful feeling of satisfaction. But if the lero-lero factor is not working I go by two quotes I saw somewhere in a book or magazine…

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.

And my all time favorite…

The elevator to success is broken…you’re going to have to take the stairs…