Miscellaneous

Why I Won’t Give Up

This is my favorite photo of my mother, and I share it on my video.
This is my favorite photo of my mother, and I share it on my video.

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This post was inspired by Ky Grabowski, a writer and reader I mentioned on my last post: Published Paperback & Spotlight Interview. On June 7, 2013, Ky blogged Why I Won’t Give Up, and her story inspired me to share mine. So I shot a video explaining details of my life I haven’t released before, and I’ve added a link below. I’ve also added quotes to give you an idea of what it’s about, but there’s a file to open the text if you prefer to read. It’s four pages long or I would’ve posted it directly onto my site.

Quotes from my “Why I Won’t Give Up” Video:

  • You know every day you’ll have a moment of doubt. Every day. But you’ll also have hours of happiness and encouragement and people who believe in you and people you believe in. And it’s worth it again. It’s always—it’s worth it. Everything is worth it.
  • When I was sitting here and I was looking at this, I was thinking “How many people dream of this?” “How long have I dreamed of this?” “What do I still dream of?” I dream of getting people to this point. I dream of people being able to look at this: their words on a printed page, their name on a binding, their picture on the back of a book. This is what I dream of for others. That’s why I don’t stop.
  • My dream is why I continue. I continue for others. My dream is for others.
When "November Snow" was published, my father surprised me with this gift: the printed cover inside a silver frame.
When “November Snow” was published, my father surprised me with this gift: the printed cover inside a silver frame.

Watch the video by clicking this link or read the text by clicking the file: Video Text

"November Snow" was originally titled "It's Only a Matter of Time" and this is the original burnt file.
“November Snow” was originally titled “It’s Only a Matter of Time” and this is the original burnt file.

Specifically speaking, I talk about my nightmares and night terrors in detail, explaining an in-between place that inspired most of my novels today. I also talk about my mother’s inspiration and how her sudden death effected my life. I share a lot of information about November Snow I haven’t had a chance to talk about before, and I compare those details to being published in the poetry collection dedicated to my late roommate. In the end, I discuss my ultimate goal in life, which isn’t to become a famous author, but rather to open an affordable art school for talented young adult to be able to connect with professionals in their field.

"November Snow" "Poets: a collection of twelve young Kansas poets" & "Minutes Before Sunset." My publications that push me forward to continue chasing the dream.
“November Snow” “Poems: a collection of twelve young Kansas poets” & “Minutes Before Sunset.” My publications that push me forward to continue chasing the dream.

I truly summed up the video compared to the original explanation, but I did this, because I really hope others will share why they won’t give up. Towards the end I said this: “I hope other people analyze their dreams on a deeper level to see if they’re actually dreaming for themselves or if they’re dreaming for another reason entirely.” What I mean by this: we may have the dream to be an author, but what’s beyond that? Even if the answer is to share your words (and themes) with the world, you’re dreams are beyond what I think we might realize on a regular basis.

So take time today. Think about your ultimate goals when it comes to writing (or goals in general) and feel free to share. By sharing this post, I’m hoping to keep this topic going within the writing community. Share your story below or post on another blog altogether. Let’s inspire others together 😀

~SAT

29 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Give Up

  1. Thank you for sharing. I hope I’m one day brave enough to ‘not give up’ every day. I like you dedication to writing and other writers, and your general outlook on life.

  2. Thanks for the inspiration, Shannon. After completing one novel, I still find myself with doubt, or, on a good day, with excitement. But, why do I continue – because I want to tell my stories in the hope others will enjoy them as much as I do. Deeper than that? You’ve given me something to think about!

    1. Thank you for reading :] And I hope your completed novel brings you undoubtable success soon. In terms of thinking about that deep deeper, it can simply be what do you want readers of your novel to come away with? I think that’s where a lot of people realize it isn’t just the story, but the encouragement of imagination (for example.)
      ~SAT

  3. This made me smile so much 😀
    I adore you ❤ 🙂

    Congrats on everything hun!
    Can't wait to see what the future brings =)

    xo

  4. Thanks for the follow, Shannon! I really liked this post. I think I spend an equal amount of time thinking about giving up and sticking with it. It’s a really hard road but the highs of accomplishing something are so great, it eggs you on (well, eggs me on!) Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  5. I love this: “I dream of getting people to this point. I dream of people being able to look at this: their words on a printed page, their name on a binding, their picture on the back of a book. This is what I dream of for others. That’s why I don’t stop.
    My dream is why I continue. I continue for others. My dream is for others.”

    That is such a beautiful thing to say and feel and dream for others. I adore and admire your dream 😊

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