“Butt in chair”
Today’s quote comes to us from my friend and young adult author Janet Fox who says, “I love this quote because it says it all – you have to show up and do the work; the muse doesn’t visit you unless your door is open. Jane says it all the time, and most recently at the NE SCBWI conference, where she admitted that she still gets rejected all the time. But she knows that the only way through is ‘BIC.’ Do the work. Show up. Put that rear end in the chair. I really believe that persistence is the essential trait of a successful writer (actually, a successful anything.)”
Janet is the author of Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010) and Forgiven (Speak/Penguin Group, 2011), historical fiction whose main characters are strong young women.
She is also the author of Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), a handy guide for students to stay organized.
Really, Janet is a remarkable woman and writer and I am proud to call her my friend.