KTF! I’m sure many of you are wondering what that means. Basically it was a slogan used by my high school English teacher (though I don’t think it originated from him), an abbreviation for Keep the Faith. Just about every day students would write KTF on the chalkboard. A feel good message, it encouraged students, as well as the teacher to keep going.
Back in my high school days, I personally thought it was silly. And yet, as an adult, KTF means a lot to me. Especially as a writer. In this competitive market in which we try to sell our writing, it’s easy to lose faith. And yet maybe now we have to really hold onto it, even when it feel like we aren’t making progress on our way up the pile of papers of the literary mountain which I call Mount Liteverest. So KTF.
KTF when you have to keep having to write and rewrite your manuscript with no resolution in sight.
KTF when you have to take a long respite from you manuscript because all the pieces of your story aren’t falling into place.
KTF when people, whether they be friends, family, or critics, tell you that you just don’t have what it takes to be a writer.
KTF when you are trying to get your articles and stories read on other sites, but other writers have a monopoly of followers.
KTF when you feel like you don’t have a single original idea.
KTF when you get drawers stuffed full of rejection slips from publishing housings.
KTF when you self publish a book and hardly anyone buys it.
KTF when magazines or newspaper publications reject your articles.
KTF when your computer or typewriter malfunctions, making you lose days of writing.
KTF when the computer crashes an you lose all your writing.
KTF when you feel like you’ll never see your story in the library or the bookstore.
KTF when you are working at a job you loath with every fiber in your being and would rather be writing full-time.
KTF when you lose readers.
KTF when trying to find an agent.
KTF when you don’t have enough money to self-publish.
KTF when you can’t find an illustrator when you need one.
KTF when someone who hires you to be a ghostwriter flakes.
KTF in trying to write articles or stories using Upwork or Fiverr.
KTF when you write something that offends someone and an angry internet mob wants to shame you.
KTF all the time because the odds are stacked against you. Keep writing. Write to save yourself. It’s the only thing we can do at times.