Because I can’t imagine not writing, and if you ask yourself this too off, then something isn’t right.That doesn’t mean you should stop writing. But maybe it’s time to evaluate how writing fits into your life.
In this post and the next, I’m going to be breaking down two of the most important things a writer needs. Time and the right time. When I say the right time, I mean being in the best mood to make the most of your writing time otherwise you could end up staring at your document with nothing in your head.
The whole point of this blog is to share my thoughts and experiences with writing in a way that might help others if they’re struggling to find encouragement in their own writing journey.
I’ve had various writers rant at me about what I should do without considering what I want for my writing. Writers are as different as musicians. Some prefer the modern styles, some the classics, and others like jazz with a wild rhythm of its own. So finding a one-stop-shop for writing advice is impossible.
One particular writer on a forum I saw recently was struggling with their reason for writing and had quit their job twice to write. My first reaction was 😲 but unlike many others on the forum, I didn’t jump on that because that wasn’t the main question. See my next post for thoughts on life/work/writing balance.
For some context, this person was feeling the strain of a long writing process that hadn’t made them any money. They’d shared their work with friends who didn’t sound particularly helpful since they weren’t writers.
Me being me, couldn’t help but try give this person some perspective on their writing. Here’s what I said, hoping it would help.
I’m sorry you feel this way. I’ve been writing for a while now and I’m still not published, but I keep going because I love writing, and making money is just something I work towards while enjoying the process.
Maybe taking a break would help.
And as for agents, you never know what clicks with an agent. Get critiques and beta readers and a professional editor and try self-publishing.
Or maybe think about if what you’re writing is what you truly want to write. Should you try another genre that you might feel more excited about? Should you try a different style that might have a limited audience, but that you connect with more?
Or, if it’s that much of a struggle, perhaps you should consider whether it’s the career for you. I gave up a career because it didn’t suit me and I wasn’t happy doing it.
Writing isn’t for everyone, but if you’re determined, then there is a way. I hope you find the answer you’re looking for and turn it into something that makes you feel good.
P.S I’ve learned more via my critique partners, giving and receiving crits, than from any advice given out of context.
I sent another post later about the person’s job troubles, but I’ll save that for the next post.