Writing, like any art, is a difficult career path. The fact is: there are so many hundreds of thousands in the same medium that standing out and being seen, let alone heard, can be a difficult thing. From what I’ve seen and surmised based on statics and the advice of other authors, only one in a thousand people who want to be a writer ever get a book published. Now, that can be pretty disheartening to an aspiring author like myself, but it’s all in the way you look at things. I choose to use that as fuel for my fire. To make it my goal to be that one who makes it. It won’t be easy, but then things worth having typically aren’t.
People are going to doubt you at ever turn, to tell you a hundred reasons why you’ll never make it. So why let their perceptions define you? Enough people doubt you already, why add one more to their ranks? Believe, even when no one else will. Because if you won’t believe in yourself, then how can you expect anyone else to? You have to make believers out of the haters, to turn them into witnesses to your greatness. And even if you do fail, so what? Failure is a misunderstood word in society. If you view it in the grander scheme of things, it can actually be a good thing. How you ask? Because it shows you what doesn’t work and therefore gives you direction by eliminating the incorrect or ineffective paths. I’ve seen only two things in common with all the writers who’ve broken through into writing for a living. They all write good, quality books and they all carry on and keep writing even when they are considered a failure.
You have to bleed for your passion. Approach every day with mind racing, possibilities flowing, and hopefully, pen nearby to keep track of it all. If you struggle, that’s OK! The reason we struggle with insecurities is because we often compare our “behind-the-scenes” with everyone else’s highlight reel. Look at yourself; be honest now, you do it too! It’s hard not too. I know I’m guilty of it. But you can’t let that discourage you. As Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Well said, Mr. Hemingway. Well said, indeed. So pour yourself another tall cup of coffee and take a seat, you’re likely going to be here awhile. Here being your computer chair and reviewing your manuscript, of course, not here on my blog – though that would make me happy!
The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he’s most alive when alone. I’ve had days where I wrote, damn near uninterrupted, for nearly 10 straight hours and LOVED it! And even if the idea of 10 consecutive hours of writing seems a bit crazy, that’s fine, too! It may have been a bit of an extreme but the important thing is that I was enthralled with my work and chances are you, too, are happiest when writing in peace. Writing is tough, and it takes a tremendous amount of effort and work. But if you fight the good fight and look at your work under an unbiased microscope, you just might find something amazing; a diamond in the rough, if you will. I’ll say it again: you have to bleed for your passion! That’s what it takes if you want to succeed. There is no half-assing it! Fight and believe and if you fail then fight some more! And yes I’m aware that using all these exclamation marks make me sound angry! Well you’d be wrong. Truth is: I’m passionate about what I do, and you should be too! You’ve made it this far already, why stop now?
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