Sunday, October 8, 2017

After 7 years, why keep writing?


Seven years ago on October 10, high from finding a publisher, I decided to document my rising success as an author by starting this blog.

Ever since I've been giving it all I have. I've written 36 picture books, 5 short story collections, and one novel for young adults. I'm very proud of this work. It's the best of me.


And yet...


And yet, none of this work has found a publisher. And I still haven't earned the success I seek. I still haven't broken into the publishing industry.


Why keep trying?


At times, I have to admit, this has been a hard question to answer. At my lowest, I think maybe I can write but that I'm just not cut out to be a writer. Maybe I should just hide all my pens and do something else.


Why I keep writing?


Writing fulfills me. Stories excite me. I still have something to say. I still have a lot to learn.

I'm so close I can taste it. I know I am because publishers are making comments like...
'Your writing is immersive and inspirational.'
'we applaud you for taking what you have learned form your struggles and applying it to an art form that you are clearly passionate about'
 'Our...editors were highly interested in these stories, and the strong characterization work and suprising humour in them.'
And you. Week after week, you keep logging on to read my writing. For this, I only have two words--Thank You!

And I promise I'll keep writing until my dream becomes reality.


Looking back...


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tips on Writing Blog Posts

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What did I learn this year?

Seeking positivity...



And this blog has a new mascot...






Introducing the beautiful Abby. If you were here in person she'd cover you with kisses. So consider yourself lucky that you are a computer screen away. 
I adopted (from the SPCA) Abby on Friday, September 22. And now I can't imagine my life without her. At 2 years and six months, she's still a puppy at heart--but such a well behaved one, unbelievable.


6 comments:

Jane Heitman Healy said...

Sometimes it is so hard to keep the dream alive. Thank you, Leanne, and keep writing!

Darlene said...

What an adorable mascot. I love your new buddy. We adopted Dot a year ago and can´t imagine life without her. Just keep writing!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Jane. And for your beautiful addition to Frost's poem. I enjoyed visiting your blog: http://readlearnandbehappy.blogspot.ca/

Leanne Dyck said...

I wish Abby could meet Dot--maybe someday. Dogs truly do give you far more than you could ever give them.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — You've received some amazing comments from publishers. They are tremendously encouraging! And Abby is oh-so adorable. I'm so glad she's part of your family!

Leanne Dyck said...

: ) Thank you for your comment, Laurie. I had fun visiting your blog (https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/) this morning. Tuesdays with Laurie--one of the best things about Tuesdays.