There's no denying it, Jack's shrewd, has some serious initiative and is very resourceful.
Although a live-action bullet to the head isn't necessary in the literary world (pretty much guarantees either utter defeat or some of the best controversial publicity ever), writers must have this "gumption' business as well.
It takes an abundance of courage to try anything new. The first step that usually ends in a gaggle of laughs following the inevitable tumble to the floor. The first kiss that involves heavy breathing and the discovery that a guy can look nice in strawberry gloss, especially after such a heart-thudding way of putting it on his lips. That first love.
When it comes to writing, you must have the gumption to take the stories in your mind and open the floodgates for those voices to become the characters they've been wanting to be so they can be shared with the world, a world full of people wishing for your success and the others ready to snicker should you fail.
It takes courage.
It takes gumption.
I see so many brave people doing brave things...and then I realize that I'm one of those people now. I'm putting myself out there. I'm taking chances. Okay...scary thought. But at the same time, exhilarating.
For the debut author able to sit down, type up the great American novel with 93,000 word count in one month with no need for rewrites, immediately loved by the entire group of agents and editors queried and published with a grand soiree for your book launch, I'm not sure I know who you are or what planet you come from.
For the rest of us, those of us writing our hearts out, loving and hating our words, tossing out the first chapter and discovering our story truly begins at chapter three, working on rewrite number four of the third manuscript...I salute you. I want you to know that you are not alone. Keep going, keep trying and please keep writing. Store up gumption for those hard times, the times where it looks like things should be going well but it seems everything wants to fall apart, the times that feel like dry spells. Be of good courage my writer friends.
To those who simply love to read, keep that gumption going too. There are some out there who do not appreciate you, but I understand that the writer is of little good if there's no reader to devour the words. So I salute you as well.
So to you I ask, are you that lucky devil who didn't break a sweat in the course of becoming a super-novelist? If so, how in quill's name did you do that? For others, this gumption thing...is it in you?