“Why do you think you’re so important, anyway? Seriously, how big of an ego must you have to believe people actually want to read your thoughts? It’s not like you’re an expert, right?”
These are ruminations we all have when we try to write–myself included. The truth is, this can feel like a futile, pointless endeavor at times, especially if you’re struggling to find a large audience. I venture to guess that many of us have considered calling it quits–again, myself included.
So why do we keep writing?
That’s the real question, isn’t it?
I can only speak from my own perspective, but I believe many of you will share my outlook. I keep writing for two very specific reasons.
The first reason is that I’m stubborn. I like to write, damn it! I enjoy this process! Is it time-consuming? Yes! Frustrating? Yes! Hard! You bet! But, believe it or not, it brings me joy. I like creating. Watching words flow from my fingertips onto the page is a magical, thrilling experience. Quit writing because I’ve yet to find a broad audience? No way! There’s no quitting, but there’s plenty of stubborn.
Secondly, I firmly believe I will one day catch on. I’ve got a small, loyal following, and those wonderful people help to keep me on track. It never fails–when I’m feeling down, I’ll notice a new, positive review, or I’ll have a kind remark sent to me via social media, on this website, or in an email. If this small group of readers, whom I deeply respect as an intelligent audience, if they find something redeeming about my writing, then surely more people will, too. I honestly believe that.
So, yeah, right now, relatively speaking, nobody cares about my writing. But one day–one day–I’ll be an overnight success story. Never mind this overnight success is currently on its thirteenth year.
Nobody cares about your writing … until they do.
And when they do, all that time, all that effort, all that heartache, all that passion–it will all be worth it.
So believe in yourself.
Write your reviews, your songs, your opinion pieces, your fiction, your editorials, your poetry, your plays–write and never quit!
Because they will care about your writing.
It’s just a matter of time.
Believe in yourself, and they will soon believe in you, too.
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