Rosa Marchisella is the author of the gripping "Touch of Insanity" series and the bone-chilling novella "The Greatest of Books."
Writing is Hard
Every now and then someone decides to make a big post in a writing group to announce that they're going to quit writing. Often, it's accompanied by paragraphs of whinging that it's just "too hard".
Please, don't do that.
Yes, writing is HARD. It isn't just putting words on a page. It's a whole process which involves outlining, research, crafting relatable characters, re-writes, editing, blurbs, elevator pitches, marketing, and much more. Even for those whose words just "flow" from them, the writing process as a whole is difficult.
For some, writing is an actual career. It's a business we pour time, energy, and money into. Like any career, we need to constantly be learning and expanding your skills. We need to make sincere connections and invest in our business. We need to hire sub-contractors (editors, cover designers, etc.). And, we need to remember to be a kind boss to ourselves; take days off to recharge, celebrate victories (even the small ones), and treat ourselves once in a while.
And, there's another harsh truth:
The Choice is Yours
The key ingredient for success is determination. We make a choice every day about whether or not we're going to commit - to our partner, to our family, to our job, to our passions ...
- Am I going to dedicate the time and energy to learn more and be better?
- Am I going access the resources others have provided?
- Am I going to push back against the random stumbling blocks life puts in the way?
The reality is:
What if it isn't a "fit"?
That's okay. Not every career is a good match, right? It's perfectly acceptable to career-change, but there's a difference between realizing it isn't working for you and giving up because it's more difficult than you expected.
Writing doesn't work for you? Fine. That happens. People change careers all the time. You want to walk away - that's okay, but please: Close the door quietly behind you.
Keep your "I Quit" posts out of writing groups. PLEASE. You don't know who is going to read your post and be negatively affected by it. Your frustrated post can cut the knees out from someone who may be having a difficult moment or new authors just starting out and feel unsure of themselves.
If you're going to leave:
Originally Published November 25, 2019
© 2021 Rosa Marchisella
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 16, 2021:
Writing is a gift. If you have that writing won't feel so hard. The ideas come flowing and you feel you can write about anything. It doesn't mean that you can't write when you feel writing is hard make the time and be patient. Informative and well-written.