Friday, July 15, 2011

M. Why We Do This

Take the stress out of your mind right now. Stop thinking about rejection letters from agents and not getting published, don’t think about self-publishing, and remember. Do you remember why you started writing?

Take a deep breath. Calm down. Let the words flow from your mind, to your hands, from your fingers to the keys or pen, and finally onto the screen or paper. One word after the other you will have a sentence, then a paragraph, and eventually a story.

Why did you write that story? If you wrote it to make millions of dollars and have a house next to James Patterson, then you wrote it for the wrong reason. Write because you love to write and when you are a writer, don’t forget why you write.

Lately, I have been letting rejection letters from agents start to leave dings on my outer shell. A few actually broke the surface and honestly it stings. I am not going to lie and say I don’t care if I don’t ever get published, but it can’t be the only reason that we write.

In reality, when you write, you are creating something that will last forever. Whether it is in a hardback copy, marked as best-seller or a manuscript in your attic for your great-grandkids to find long after your gone, it will last forever. The story line, the characters, everything about the pages comes directly from deep within you. Despite what anybody thinks, that is amazing.

Don’t let rejection keep you down. If you love to write, then be as thick skinned as you possibly can be. Don’t lose the main objective and don’t forget why you started doing this in the first place.

1 comment:

  1. Good advice. Now tell them to stop rejecting me. I've had enough. :P

    * honestly, my word verification? Sufferu. Priceless.