Writers can learn a lot from boxers.
Harsh critiques? Jab.
Rejection? Left hook.
Horrible review? Upper cut.
Crappy sales? Haymaker.
You will never make it in writing, or boxing, unless you can learn to take a punch to the face. Boxers don't quit because it hurts. They don't cry foul when their opponents bloody them in the ring. They train harder and come out swinging. And, unless there's a knock out, there's more than one round to fight...save some energy for all twelve. Maybe this round is a loss, there will be another. Then another. Stay in the fight. Learn to block, duck, and dodge until your punching skills improve. Condition. Practice. When that bell sounds, step into that ring and be ready. Your face punch is coming.
*Cautionary Note: Sometimes all those knocks in the head cause head trauma, so let's keep this metaphorical and refrain from banging heads on the desk.
Elizabeth has a new book coming out, another fantastic romance! I can't wait to read it!
Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.
A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.
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