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NAGGING DOUBTS





A few nights ago, while waiting for sleep to catch, I found myself thinking about what I want as far as my writing goes. It's hard after all this time to stay positive. I know it's a tough industry. I know the competition is fierce. But I still get that nagging doubt - wouldn't something have sold by now if I was any good?
On the other hand, I really love the creative side of myself. My day job is all about managing numbers and employees and clients. I enjoy that, too. But writing brings out my fun side, my experimental side. So for as long as I love doing it, I'll keep in the game. I'll get there, I know I will. One day I'll have a work in print. I think the secret to maintaining the joy in writing is to forget about the brass ring and to stay in love with the creative side. To see each completed manuscript as a success in itself rather than each rejection letter as yet another failure.
Just keep swimming, right?

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writerjenn
May. 21st, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. Because as far as publication goes, it's a combination of persistence and skill and luck, and persistence and luck both play much bigger roles than one would suppose!

For the many years when I was submitting but not selling anything, I still enjoyed the possibility of knowing I *could* sell something at any time. That was what kept me submitting instead of just writing for myself.
angeladegroot
May. 22nd, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your wise words and constant support.
It's that inner-critic that I have to watch out for. I know I'll get there and that my writing is good. I'm acknowledging those nagging doubts for what they are - hogwash!
kellyrfineman
May. 31st, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you got some external validation, but truly, it's persistence plus luck. You will see!
angeladegroot
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
The timing was perfect. Thanks.
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