By Sarah Cannata
So, we’ve all heard about the J.K. Rowlings and Stephen Kings of the world but when you’re an unknown, writing can be a hard gig at times.
At the center of every writer’s struggle is belief.
Belief in what you’re doing. Belief in where you’re going and most importantly, belief things will change.
And just when you’re down and out, you’ll get that email that rubs salt into the wound. The words are always similar, “Hi [insert your name]… Thanks for your submission but we’re sorry to inform you…”
You know the rest of the story.
At this point, every writer has two choices: To persevere or to give up and look back when you’re older, wondering what would have happened if you just wrote one more story. If you just wrote one more blog. Finished off that last email draft…
As writers, here are 3 things we all need to keep in mind:
- An opinion is just an opinion. We could all write five stories in five different ways depending on whose feedback we’re following. Unfortunately, some people’s opinions will count more than others but at the end of the day, it’s still just their opinion.
- Our line of work invites opinion and criticism. Not everyone is going to love what you do – Everyone is entitled to their little spin on things but don’t allow it to define you or your work.
- Remember why you write (Hopefully the answer is because you love it. If it’s for reasons such as making money, you picked the wrong career. Get out now!).
In a nutshell, you can choose to play it safe and continue doing your standard 9am to 5pm job because it brings in cash (and of course, we all need that).
Or, you can be game, take a risk and you never know what may happen. As they say, fortune favours the brave!
About our Guest Blogger Sarah:
Sarah Cannata is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. A couple of months ago, something snapped in her head and she decided she was done working with egos and people who weren’t on the same page. End of story.