YES, WE CAN!
by Edie Ramer!
Thank you, Karin, for having me here again. And for having my back since we hooked up in the critique group six years ago.
“Yes, We Can” is more than a political cry. It’s a writer’s cry. It’s our heroines’ cry. My favorite heroines are “Yes, I can” women. They do what needs to be done, no matter how life batterred them in the past. No matter what horrible things happen during the book. (‘Cause we’re making them suffer, aren’t we?) They might want to wimp out, but they don’t. They stick it out, because … well, because otherwise they wouldn’t be heroines.
Like Karin’s heroines. Like Allison Brennan’s heroines. Like Jo in LITTLE WOMEN. Like Scarlett in GONE WITH THE WIND.
Most writers I know are heroines, too. Karin leads my list of writers who are heroines. She’s a wife, mother, successful writer, successful businesswoman, and — I can attest — a fabulous friend. It’s not easy for her to do so much. It takes stamina and determination and hard work. If it were easy, she wouldn’t be a heroine. But she never whines, she just does what needs to be done.
When J.K. Rowling was 15, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Later, Rowling married a man who was abusive. She divorced him and was on the dole when she wrote the first Harry Potter book in her brother-in-law’s restaurant. Though life wasn’t easy for her, she did more than survive. She thrived! She was a heroine.
Allison Brennan was married with five children — one a baby — working a full time job when she sold. She’s a heroine.
I can go on and on, but we are all heroines or heroes, because we’re <em>here</em>. We’re writing. We’re selling or hoping to sell soon.
Publishing isn’t an easy business. It’s not easy to get into. And it’s not easy to stay in the magic circle. Published writers can’t rest on their backlists. Charlaine Harris wrote cozies before she hit the publishing jackpot with her Sooky Stackhouse books.
Disappointment and rejection make some of us drop out. It makes the rest of us work harder to write better and bigger books. It makes us heroines.
If you are reading this, I know you can do it. I want you say, loudly, “YES, I CAN! YES, I CAN! YES, I CAN!”
If you’re in a public place, it’s okay to whisper or say it in your mind. But think it loudly. Because it’s true. With determination and grit and hard work, you can do it.
What writer, pubbed or unpubbed, do you consider a heroine? And why?
PS (from Karin) Go VOTE for DEAD PEOPLE!!!!
NOW! Here’s how easy it is: send an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org and put DEAD PEOPLE in the subject line. Send one from every freakin’ email addy you have! Command your friemds to vote for Edie’s DEAD PEOPLE! I can vouch for her story! I’ve read it! IT. NEEDS. TO. BE. PUBLISHED!!! Now, go vote!