Everyone has been there; be it a crush, a friendship or that dream job you have been lusting after we have all experienced it in some form or other. Why then does the sting never get any easier?
The writing profession is particularly fierce and relentless in its own right and many first time authors face it on a daily basis as publishers will tell them ‘it’s great but we’re just not interested in pursuing it at this time’. There are only so many times you can be rejected before even your friends and family approach you cautiously and kindly advise you that maybe it is time to find a real job. It is not out of malice or criticism that they will tell you this but out of kindness, love and concern. It doesn’t make it any easier though.
I suppose the point of this little ramble is to remind you that even the greatest have struggled and even the published authors continue to struggle to make a full time living out of it. Everybody by now is familiar with J.K.Rowling’s rags to riches story but even the likes of Enid Blyton (The Famous Five), William Golding (Lord of the Flies), John Grisham (A Time to Kill) and Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind) had to persevere for years without success so if they can keep up the good fight then, my good friend, so can you.
It is not an easy path to take and like me you may find yourself taking on jobs you never expected to in order to make ends meet or even quitting writing entirely for months or years at a time only to find yourself back at the desk writing until dawn but if you cannot keep the faith in yourself then who will?
If you are anything like me then you will know that you write not to earn big bucks or seek fame, though it would be appreciated, but for the pure love of creating and writing itself. Never forget that is something nobody can take away from you so keep smiling, keep dreaming, keep pestering publishers and most importantly of all keep writing. TTYL.