Not for the Faint of Heart

I’m an author.  There are some hard truths that come with that title.

  1. I’ll never be compensated for the countless hours I put into my work.
    • If you do the math for the time spent and the return, I think the number is somewhere around negative billion.  It’s a good thing I love writing.
  2. Rejection will not kill you.
    • It might make you uncomfortable, cranky, and insecure. If you look at it carefully, rejection is a building block to building a better skill set.  Some agents and editors will drop a word or two of precious information in the email or letter.  Pay attention.  You’ll be grateful for it.
  3. Some stories will work and other will be good ideas that will never see the light of day.
    • Wanting everything to be gold is foolish.  This craft, we work so hard on, is all about experimentation.  If you don’t try, the best parts of you will be left untouched.
  4. Not everyone is going to be your supporter.
    • True friends will tell you when to cut bait. Surround yourself with trusted readers and writers who will tell you what doesn’t work and why.  Then use those takeaways and make your project better.

Ultimately, the list above is not a summary of negatives, rather a grounded perspective.  Time?  I’ve got plenty.  Been rejected and have the letters to prove it. I have a ton of story carcasses littering my hard drive, I reuse and recycle them.  I know who has my back.  This journey is filled with ups and downs, but I have met amazing people who have only made me a better writer.

Writing to publish is not for the faint of heart.

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3 comments

  • Thank you so much for this post, i really needed to hear some of that from someone who has been doing this for a while, i myself have just started focusing more on my writing and i have to say sometimes it is so hard..

    • You’re welcome. There are some days it’s like a spigot opened and I am immersed in the flow. Other days? I’m pulling teeth. I try and write, edit, just move my fingers everyday. That makes a difference. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  • Love the graphic you chose to illustrate your point! I honestly think perseverance is as necessary to successfully published authors as talent. No matter how well we write, there will always be passes and rejections. But if we give up, we’ll never reach our goal.

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