Your job is to stay in the 5 percent.

How many aspiring authors have heard that advice from mentors.

Only 5 percent of writers with an idea for a book put pen to paper (or cursor to computer screen).

From teachers.

Only 5 percent of writers who put pen to paper finish the book.

From workshop leaders.

Only 5 percent of writers who finish the book are published.

How many have understood what it means to stay in the 5 percent. Listen to the voices in your head of the characters these written words bring to life.  Carve out time from busy schedules to create the world the characters will live in.

Write, rewrite, revise!

Hand over hard copies or send manuscripts for critical review.

Rewrite – again! Hold your breath and hope a wide circle of strangers read and enjoy what you’ve created.

I will always have “Reservations.” I hope you will, too.