I had my own bout with a critical illness close to three years ago, right as my two books were published. I wasn't able to get out and market them. Heck, I wasn't able to do much of anything for a long while. Congestive heart failure will do that to you. Now, with my mom's cancer diagnosis just as I was about to pitch my latest manuscript to literary agents, I am faced with another setback due to illness. It's easy to have a defeatist attitude; to throw my hands up and feel like giving up. But that's not what successful people do. Oh sure, you can get down, but don't stay there. Easier said than done, I know. But I'm thankful other writers have shared their stories of overcoming setbacks. I saw a piece from J. K. Rowling in the June issue of Reader's Digest and thought I'd share her quote. It's a great little pep rally.
"I discovered that I had a strong will - and more discipline than I had expected. The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive."
You know, with the title of my upcoming novel being STRENGTH AND SURVIVAL, this whole mess may be a blessing in disguise. I am going back over it one more time, and finding passages where I needed to add more feel to the scenes. I'm able to put myself in the characters' positions, and therefore more easily paint the scenes for the readers.