Ever feel this way? You’re not alone. I recently read this article: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/i-quit about a talented author who quit and even went so far as to remove EVERYTHING she had ever written from public view. This article gives a glimpse into why she made this decision.It’s so sad, so discouraging, so… normal to have these feelings. If you want to persevere instead of giving up, remember these three tips.
1. Anticipate rejection, failure, and low self-esteem - It happens. It’s part of the journey. It helps to find encouragement from spouses, friends, writers/critique groups or bloggers. Writing is a lonely occupation and any of these connections can help eliminate the type of solitary despair writers often experience. If you find yourself unable to find an immediate connection, keep a collection of quotes – encouraging words from people who mean a lot to you or whom you admire.2. Stop comparing yourself to other writers - Unless that comparison gives you the courage to keep writing, don’t do it. You are not that writer. You never will be. Be you. That’s what you’re best at. You have no idea what that individual went through before finding the accomplishment you envy. The grass hasn’t always been greener.
3. Keep writing and submitting - Don’t let your fear debilitate you. Writing is hard, but not writing is harder. Anyone who truly loves to write can tell you it is a part of their soul. Allow yourself to keep writing and submitting. As a friend of mine likes to say, “If you throw enough mud at the wall, eventually some of it is going to stick.” The same is true with your work. You can’t control what agents and editors like, but you can control your work ethic.So, let yourself keep going, keep improving, and keep living. Need a pick me up? Here is a fun list of ten reasons I’m thankful to be a writer: http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2010/11/thankful-writer.html
How about you? Why do you write? What helps you to keep going?