Why Do We Do This
I’m at the point where it’s getting rough. I see what those writers mean who say “if I knew better I’d never have gotten into writing.”
Even thoigh I see what they mean, I still love writing.
You should love it. This is what you want to do. So much so that you would suffer just to cut off a piece of the pie.
I guess in the long run writers, the ones who are in it 'till the end, have nothing to worry about. Because those who don’t stick around--because they can’t handle it--will drop off the grid and the playing field will be open.
Of course new talent will flood in, and within time, after taking their knocks, will have to answer the same question.
Why do it all?
And if it is not worth it to them, they will move on. Or this will be a side hobby of a sort. And that’s fine. That’s how it has to be. Otherwise there would be too many writers on the scene. Besides, as the saying goes: no pain no gain.
There is no solid formula for this, either. It’s one of those things that happens. Sometimes it’s the same, sometimes it’s different.
If you have a story to tell, you’re going to stick around and tell it. You may get paid for that story, you may not. You may choose to sit it out for a while, you may choose to give up. You may continue and become recognized. And then move up. And grow and learn. And one day you may be a best selling author.
And don’t think just because you’re merely getting by and making a living off of your work, even a decent one, that you’re not successful.
Remember. Who wouldn’t love to do the thing they love and make a living doing it? I don’t think that’s a failure at all.
What do you think? Have you thought of throwing in the towel? Do you shake a fist at the skies and say: “Bring it on!”
Let me know in the comments section below, or on Twitter @Wcmarchese
Hope to see you there.