Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Advice to Writers - Don't Give Up (No, seriously, I mean it. Yes, I'm talking to you.)
I'm taking part in Ruth Snyder's Blog Hop for Writers and this week's post is advice to beginning writers.
I really could just write three words here and be done with it....
DON'T GIVE UP
I know what you're thinking. "Okay, yeah, obviously. That's not useful advice. I KNOW that."
And, if you're like I was at the beginning, yeah, you do know that. Most writers understand that becoming an author is difficult. You'll face rejection. You'll struggle. Unless you're very delusional, you certainly don't think that writing is a "get rich quick scheme". It's more of a "get poor slowly" kind of a thing.
But, I still see too many writers giving up at different phases of the game. And, often, it's writers with real talent. The only good reason for giving up is if you don't enjoy writing. If so, why were you doing it in the first place? But, if like most writers, you love writing, then don't stop. Ever.
I think that writers know it's going to be tough, but I for one probably didn't understand exactly how tough it would be. And, that's not just while you're in query hell. Writing is hard after you signed with an agent or publisher. It's hard after you're published. It's hard after you become a bestseller (I assume :).) Most authors face a lot of setbacks. This is NORMAL. If writing and publishing is a roller coaster of emotions, then you're doing it right. And, if you really want to be an author, you can't let these bumps stop you, at any point.
Don't give up when you are rejected.
Don't give up when you are rejected a hundred times.
Don't give up when you get a bad review.
Don't give up when your first book doesn't sell well.
Don't give up when your one hundredth book doesn't sell well.
Don't give up if (insert any possible complaint here).
One thing to remember, there is a difference between giving up and changing your strategy. Yes, some projects and paths need to be abandoned. But, if you keep working at it, you'll keep learning, and keep getting better. So yeah, once again...DON'T GIVE UP.