"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."~ Vince Lombardi
With football season in full swing, it was only right to use a quote by a great football coach. Of course, this quote can be applied literally, but he was meaning so much more by it. When the phrase "if you fall off a horse get back up" becomes too cliché, then this one is a nice substitute.
In the writing world, I think we get knocked down a lot. A signing doesn't go as expected. Our short story didn't win some contest. We get dropped from a publisher. Or, someone slams us in a review. Or even as simple as a plot starts to fall apart in the middle of a novel. There are countless ways we can get knocked down. The important point is that we get up. That's what life will judge us by. That we rise from the ashes, so to speak.
So, as my favorite fish character once said, "Just keep swimming!"