a. Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination and energy.
b. A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish.
I want to share an email I got from a CB who is now a literary agent at a very prominent agency.
This was for the very first novel I ever wrote. The email is dated November of 2008.
I have some reservations about your MS and wasn't able to get past chapter 6, unfortunately. Most of it comes down to basic writing rules, flow, word choice, things that I think are more of a language fluency and language barrier issue than anything else. For me, though, the blatant technical errors here distract from the story to such a degree that I found it absolutely mortifying to stick with and, after 6 chapters, an obstacle that I refused to overcome in order to keep reading.
A prime example is the stupid question you asked me... is my novel written in omniscient? No, that is the "all seeing" person. My novel is written in close third. That kind of understanding is taught in Middle School and you should not write without that kind of knowledge.
Attached are my annotated notes for the first 80 pages or so, but I will not continue. Sorry! You seem like a very nice and ambitious person but maybe you should give writing a rest and pursue other things? I don't mean to be harsh, but you said to be honest so I'm doing what you asked.
I don't expect you to finish my MS or send notes, and I completely understand. And someone else may feel differently. Good luck with Mr. Malk, that's very exciting!
Maybe I should query this CB to show that I'm still writing? And that I've improved exponentially, too! LOL.
All jokes aside, If I'd listened to this person, I would not be writing today. Whenever someone puts you down, never listen. If in your heart you know this is meant to be, then all you have to do is keep doing what you do best and eventually your dreams will come true.
Determination conquers all doubt.