Tenacity isn't found in strength alone, however. The body and spirit grow weary. Will power isn't enough, and even passion burns out. Tenacity needs support, and support is a chameleon. Many times, it's arrayed in colorful resources. Other times, it reflects the bright hue of encouragement. Often, it's clothed in the heart-warming color of hope. Tenacity is ugly without support and short-lived. The wonderful thing about support is that it transforms and enables tenacity to achieve its dreams.
I've been supported in surprising ways, thus far, in this process. I never dreamt I'd be able to attend a writer's conference or find a critique group, but I found tremendous support in both. Neither did I anticipate fortitude from strangers or encouragement from other bloggers. The latest surprising area of support came through PineCone Research, of all things. I've completed surveys for a few years now. I save my points and allow them to accumulate until I have enough to cash in and purchase coveted items. One such coveted item is a membership to SCBWI. The endless amount of surveys I had to complete and the long wait to save up enough to purchase was worth it! I earned it, and I'm looking forward to receiving great support from SCBWI as I continue on the road to becoming a published author.