From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 17

My father was a municipal bond attorney who nurtured a passion of a different sort—writing. Probably the most important advice he ever gave me was how to handle rejection: “When disappointments come along, as surely they will, don’t stiffen with bitterness. Bend with the wind. When the adversity has passed, you can right yourself again.”

Not surprisingly, I began a lengthy love affair with the written word. In college I wrote poetry and short stories. At 22, I started work on my first full-length novel. It was never published, nor was my third.

Without knowing it, I was teaching myself three vital lessons about writing: persist, persist, persist. Eventually, I was supporting myself and my children writing numerous movies for television. I also had seven novels that never saw the light of day.

My father had set aside his publishing ambitions and renewed his commitment to municipal bonds, thinking that when he retired he would return to writing. He died at the age of 71, four months before the publication of my book, ‘A’ Is for Alibi, teaching me yet another lesson: Summon the courage to live out your dreams. None of us really know how much time we have left.

Sue Grafton

Live out your dreams.

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