Here’s the thing. Being a writer is not the easiest thing to do. It’s lonesome, and can be unrewarding. YOU the composer as it were, are riddled with self-doubt, battling daily the urge to give up and go find something else to occupy your every thought.
Then that little voice in your head screams something like; ‘don’t be a bloody fool, keep writing and let the world see your greatness’. Something like that. But when you are snatching moments during the day or writing at 2am you don’t feel very great then. When you have had rejection after rejection, or just a cold, stone silence for a short story competition you were convinced you were going to win, you don’t feel very great then. In fact, you feel downright miserable!
Furthermore, you probably feel like an idiot, and a failure for even thinking you could write anything, let alone pen something someone would want to actually read!
Add to that, writers tend to be more introvert than say an actor or other artistic people, so we can quickly feel uneasy as you watch what little confidence you may have had, disappear like a puff of smoke.
Oh, we have all heard the success stories of say Stephen King and J K Rowling who were all rejected before they became the most successful writers of our time. And aren’t we lucky to have them and lesser known writers who serve as great examples of what you can achieve with belief and perseverance. Some books take thirty years to write, some six months. So, it is not where or how you start, it’s where you finish!
And as we all know the finishing line is that book, poem, short story, novella or even a film script! However, the completion of your writing project is only the beginning of any creative journey. There are more books, more short stories, more poems to write and who knows where they could end up! A movie or a TV drama? Did you know the BBC TV drama Small Island was based on a book by the writer London Andrea Levy? A great drama by the way! And there are many more examples of books or short stories that have gone on to become big movies. Some of which are mentioned here at Sharon’s Writers Tidbits (movies based on novels).
So, is it worth it, being a writer? Well, after all that is said and done, YES it is!
Catch you at a book signing someplace!!!
Until next time,
Happy writing, S