Is success as a writer (in any medium) worth all you have to give up in order to get it? Here’s a thoughtful answer to just that concern:
by Rita Karnopp
So you’ve received a rejection letter – and you’re in the middle of writing yet another book. Suddenly you’re in the slumps and wonder if all this work and upset is worth it. You stop writing – and now you just don’t feel like going back to your office and continue with your work in progress.
Hmmm . . . sound familiar? It’s not an easy profession, is it? We have our highs – and oh so many lows. It’s not easy to receive a rejection letter on one of our books. It’s deflating. It’s frustrating. It’s depressing. Yet, after you cry, throw a tantrum, crumple the rejection letter and toss it in the trash – you take a deep breath – and ask yourself – “Should I keep writing – or quite?”
I’ll bet everyone who has written a book, whether published or not, has asked themselves that very question. It’s hard work to be a writer. Life has a way of pulling at us – whether fun or work – and it take determination, fortitude, self-discipline, and most of all passion to be a writer.
So back to the ultimate question; do you really want to write? It’s not all that easy to answer when you’re starting at a rejection letter. Are you willing to give up the movies, TV shows, shopping sprees (great way to save money), and other activities that take up your time.
Having said that, I don’t think you have to give up anything – time management is the key. But we still haven’t answered the question; do you really want to write?
You heard me say it before, and I’m going to say it again. I write for me, no one else. I’d dream of seeing my name on the cover of my book for years – and it seemed like nothing more than a dream. When I was brave enough to share that dream with others (besides my husband – who believes I can do anything I set my mind to), most people reacted as though I’d lost my sense of reasoning. A mother of two, holding down a full-time job and sometimes another part-time job just to make ends meet – had no right to consider the possibility of becoming a published author.