Well, I’m not most people. First, when not writing a romance novel, I’m a mom and a preschool teacher. I spend a lot of time reading Dr. Seuss all year round. And I’m cool with that. Dr. Seuss books have a lot to teach children. Not just funky words like “Bar-ba-loot” or “Hakken-Kraks.” There are morals in many of the books written by Theodore Geisel.
My favorite story speaks to perseverance, faithfulness, and honoring your word. Horton Hatches the Egg is the tale of an elephant tricked into sitting on an egg by a lazy bird. No matter what he faces—friends laughing at him, severe weather, hunters, being carted overseas and sold into a circus—he never wavers from his duty. His motto, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one-hundred-percent.”
As writers it’s easy to get discouraged when that first book or second or even that fifth book doesn’t sell. Or when the last agent on your list sends you a rejection. Or when your second round of edits leads to a third.
It’s important to keep going and never give up. Find a reason not to surrender. Horton’s mantra is so memorable not because he said it once, but because he said it over and over. It was his way of fortifying himself to keep going.
Unlike Horton, writers are not tricked into their positions. But like that lovable elephant, we can find something spectacular waiting at the end of the journey. And as the story goes, “It should be, it should be, it should be like that. Because Horton was faithful, he sat and he sat.”