As a wannabe novelist, there have been many times over the last five years when I been ready to quit. When I’ve thrown all my manuscripts into a black bag and headed for the dustbin. I’m sure we’ve all been there, but something inside us keeps niggling. Willing us to carry on. So, this is going to be a cautionary tale to all of us who have thought about giving up. Well, don’t even think about it! Never give up.
I found out this morning that one of my WordPress writer friends died yesterday. My path crossed with Yvette Dislins’s when I joined the WordPress Bloggers Promotions For Writers and Authors on Facebook. A few of you reading this will have known Yvette too; she wrote under the name of Gemma Dupont.
She was living in France when I first got to know her. We were both at similar stages with our writing in that we had both finished writing a book, and were working on other things. The difference between us was that Yvette was writing about serious stuff, whereas I tend to veer towards the lighthearted. More than anything, Yvette wanted her to see her work in print.
Yvette recently returned to the UK. Very soon afterwards, she messaged me to say she had received a devastating Stage 4 Cancer diagnosis.
She was more positive and determined than ever to see her book, Perpetual Helix (working title), in print.
Lipi Gupta took the editorial challenge and, I understand that she finished the edit two days ago. So, I really hope that between Lipa Gupta and Yvette’s family, her book will finally be published, as a legacy for her children, which was what she wanted.
I feel very fortunate to have known Yvette, even though it was for such a short time. She was one of the most courageous people I have ever known, as well as being extremely supportive and encouraging of the work by other writers.
And this is a cautionary tale because? You should never give up on your hopes and dreams, whatever they are. Let the passion for what you do spur you on to do your best. You never know what is around the corner. You never know what life is going to throw at you next.
My love and thoughts are with Yvette’s family at this very sad time. She will be sorely missed, especially by her family, but also by members of the writing community.