Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Are you stubborn?

I am.

Sometimes it's a good thing. It takes a good deal of stubbornness to finish writing a book because believe me there are a million reasons (some of them even semi-legitimate) to not finish.

Sometimes it's a bad thing. I've been known to fight for a relationship that wasn't worth fighting for.

Sometimes it's the only way to get something done. Right now I'm trying to master a new skill. I don't have any natural ability for  (I'd even go so far as to say I really suck at it) and I don't love it. But I AM stubborn about it. I will master it. It won't be graceful or pretty or fun, but because I'm determined, I'll do it.

Sometimes people ask me which aspects of my personality are in my characters. I have to say that stubbornness is pretty high on the list.

Maggie from the Neurotic Hitwoman series fights for her family with an admirable stubbornness. Her grit helps her get things done that she's not very good at and doesn't particularly want to do.

Emily, from THE FIRST VICTIM (which is just 99 cents on ibooks and Amazon right now!) returns to a place and takes on an enemy she'd rather not, because she stubbornly won't give up on her baby sister.

Most of the women I know in real life are stubborn. They're not pushovers. They're the type that when they hear, "You can't" respond with, "Oh yeah? Watch me!"

Tell me Killer Friends: What are YOU stubborn about?


B.E. Sanderson said...

I'm stubborn. Yep, I've been totally guilty in the past at refusing to give up on bad relationships. And I'm stubborn about my writing - because, let's face it, if I wasn't, I would've quit years ago.

But I also try to pick my battles. Now. I used to stubbornly argue over the tiniest thing because I knew I was right. Then I learned being right about some stupid thing wasn't worth the headache or hurt feelings. (Not that I don't still argue over stupid stuff, but I'm quicker to realize when I'm doing it now and to make it stop. LOL)

Karyn Good said...

I heard that word muttered in my direction more than once. Sometimes in admiration and lots of times...not.

I just signed a contract for a book I started in 2009 during NaNoWriMo. I swore that first messed up blazing pile of poo would not get the best of me. I resisted the urge to chuck the whole thing more than once. Glad I didn't.

B.E. Sanderson said...

OMG, Karyn!! That's too awesome! YAY! Congratulations!!!

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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