In every writer's journey comes the moment when the doubt creeps in and the desire to quit becomes stronger than the words of our supporters telling us to hang in there a little bit longer. We start asking ourselves questions about not only our writing but ourselves.
Some of these questions include:
Am I Good Enough?
Self-doubt is a constant thorn in the side of almost all writers. They question whether their work is good enough to be worth the ink it may be printed in let alone whether or not it is good enough for readers to be willing to spend their time and money on.
I may not have personally read what you've written, but as long as you have given it the best parts of you, your heart, soul, and dedication, I know for a fact that it is good enough, but not just "good enough" - I believe that it is worth sharing.
Is Anyone Even Reading My Work?
It's normal for a writer to wonder if the words they are putting out into the world are ending up in the hands of anyone.
I wonder this same thing as I post articles on a daily basis. Some of them flop, but every once in a while I get a comment from someone saying that what I had to say was exactly what they needed to hear and it makes each post without a single view or read worth it.
Lack of feedback can be disheartening, but you just have to keep holding on. Your efforts are not in vain.
Will I Ever Get Published?
For most writers the end goal of writing is publishing. Going through the traditional route of publishing doesn't lead to guarantees that your book will get published and as rejection letters pile up, the hope of the writer can dwindle.
There's a secret answer to this one though - self-publishing.
It's a guarantee that you're book will be published if you publish it yourself. Sure it's going to take a bit of extra work, but as long as you have the motivation, dedication, and patience, you might experience better results than if you had handed your book off to someone else to publish for you.
Am I Wasting My Time?
Often writing is looked down on by those who don't write as being a waste of time and energy, there are better things that you could be doing such as the laundry, dishes, getting a real job, popping out grandkids, maybe working for the post office… whoops! How did my last conversation with my mother get in here?
There are many reasons why writers write. Some write to tell a story that's clawing at their insides begging to be set free, others write as a way of healing and for many more reasons.
You know your reasons for writing better than anyone, and as long as you have one it is never a waste of time.
Should I Give Up?
There is only one reason you should ever give up writing and it's a pretty drastic reason.
If writing is somehow detrimental to your physical, emotional, or mental well-being.
Nothing else should keep you from writing.
You are more than good enough and there are readers out there that are just waiting for a story like yours to come along.
If no one else will publish your work then you're just going to have to lace up your bootstraps and do it yourself.
Now go get back to writing.
B.K. xo xo
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