I have been even more miserable than usual to be around lately. As I’ve mentioned before on the blog I’m training to try to ‘run’ the New York Marathon. This year. Nov 1 … less than a month away. There I was, merrily (kind of) following the survivor/beginner training plan when 3km into a run I felt a stabbing pain in my foot.

It reminded me of my early writing rejections.

It sucked but I knew I’d probably have an injury sometime. Like I knew I probably (although why not me? *grin*) wouldn’t sell my first book on my first try.

I did the right thing. Rested. And then went to the physio. She cleared me to run suggesting a slight ligament tear was the culprit. So I tried again. This time I felt the pain 700m in.

This time I limped home sobbing. A year of training – like the hours and hours spent on that first book – and it could all come to nothing.

Turns out I had a stress reaction in my foot, the precursor to a fracture. Three weeks of nothing and now I’m back to the drawing board. Slowly running. Slowly increasing my distance.

It isn’t too different to the first YA I wrote. I needed, in the end, to start from scratch before I sold.

I sold that second book. I don’t know whether I’ll finish the marathon. But I do know setbacks are to be expected. In running, writing, and life. And it doesn’t necessarily mean game over. If I don’t finish the race I’ll have a great time in New York and I’ll have raised some money for sick kids who need it.

How do you deal with writing/life setbacks?




beck nicholas_ bec sampson


I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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