Writing. To some it’s considered the most difficult occupation to make a living from, especially if you’re an indie writer with no backing from a big publisher. And rightfully so. There can be days when a writer looks at his/her royalty statements and wonders if it’s worth it. And quitting doesn’t seem like such a bad option.
Well hang on. I’m here to tell you something.
It is worth the pain.
Don’t you know that nothing good is ever achieved without struggle? It’s almost a cliche for me to mention this, but I have too. Writing shouldn’t only be about generating tons of sales, selling off your foreign publishing rights and making seven-figure movie deals. It’s a lot more than that.
It’s about having fun, and expressing a part of yourself, the most authentic part, which isn’t always easy to do, but when you sit down and write, believe me you’re making magic even if your sales are non-existent.
My sales figures go up and down (mostly down lately, but don’t tell anyone that) but I think what keeps me coming back to the ole laptop for some more writing isn’t because I enjoy punishing myself, it’s because I treat it like a hobby and let the benefits either come, or not come. Let’s be honest here, it’s pointless to beat yourself up over things you have little to no control over. This goes for any occupation, not just writing. Let every written sentence be your small victories. Remember, it takes a ton of small victories to add up to big success.
So sit down, clear your mind of distractions and do what you do best.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.