Nobody Cares About Your Writing … Until They Do

“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.

Keep writing.

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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(Did you enjoy this article?  Check out Scott William Foley’s latest book HERE!)

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“The Miscarried” – This Week’s Short Story

The Miscarried by [Foley, Scott William]

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For some, the miscarried are always remembered … and always loved.  (Family Life/Inspirational)

To Honor Darwyn Cooke

Cancer steals those we love on an alarmingly regular basis.  Some of those victims we love because they are friends or family; others we love because we admire their artistic ingenuity.

Reports are breaking that we lost one such artist this morning – Darwyn Cooke.  He was only 53.

If you’re unfamiliar with Darwyn Cooke, he was a luminary amidst the very best in the comic book industry.  They say simplicity is genius, and Cooke exemplified such philosophy.  A master of sequential art, Cooke’s drawings are clean, simple, fluid, and dynamic.  Cooke utilized a style that some would define as “retro,” yet he also incorporated a modern flare that made each and every one of his works both unique and inspired.

Those drawing methods that earned him fans throughout the medium also proved useful in his writing.  Cooke kept his stories direct, on point, and fun.  He knew what made the characters great, and he knew how to amplify those characteristics to make them feel simultaneously familiar and fresh.

In fact, I believe Cooke endeared himself to so many because he was an excellent caretaker of the characters we love.  His Superman is THE Superman.  His Wonder Woman is THE Wonder Woman.  His Batman is THE Batman.  These icons will likely outlive us all, and for many, they are constants throughout life.  They must be treated with respect, but they also must be reinvigorated through the efforts of special talent.  Cooke managed to hold true to what time cannot erase in regards to these characters while stamping them with his own individual interpretation.  As fans, we recognized that Cooke could be trusted with these heroes we hold so dear – that they would indeed flourish through his pen and paper.

It is my sincerest hope that this writing will motivate you to go read something by Darwyn Cooke.  I think the greatest honor we can offer is to experience and acknowledge his craft.  You can find a comprehensive list of his available work HERE.  Of course, as will so many others, I recommend you procure DC: The New Frontier.  I believe it to be his masterpiece.

Darwyn Cooke shall be missed.