Writing means many different things to many different people.
I mean, you’d have to be absolutely insane to write something you don’t know anyone will like, or want and send it off into the world. Yet many of us do just that. We get an idea. We get it down on paper. We submit it to agents and editors. Most of the time it results in rejections. But that’s to be expected. Sometimes, if you’re good enough and lucky enough, you get an acceptance.
The thing is sometimes even acceptances can turn into rejections.
Things happen. Publishers go belly up. They can change how they conduct business. I know, it happened to me.
You’re a writer. Deal with it. It may sound harsh, but it’s true.
If we want to be successful in this business, we must learn to adapt, evolve, and find a way to press forward. No excuses.
I had and lost a three book deal. I had and lost a literary agent a few months later. Those were tough decisions I had to make on my own. There is no guidebook. Bad things can, and often do, happen. If I can keep going you can too.
The thing is, it’s hard when you’ve been knocked down, kicked, and left for dead. For me, there is no quit. I plan on writing for many more years. I write these words because somewhere out there a writer is on the verge of taking their ball and going home. They’re about to quit.
If writing is important enough we’ll find a way to keep going. Maybe it’s rejection, the business side of publishing, or something else is twisting the knife in our writerly guts. Those of us who want if bad enough will walk through hell to make our publishing dreams a reality. I know it hurts. I know you feel like shit. You can do it.
If we can concentrate on how badly we want to be successful instead of how shitty everything seems, we can push through the worst of days. If every literary agent on the planet rejects your book, write another one. If every editor rejects your short story, writer a better one. Show them why they shouldn’t have overlooked you. Prove that you belong. But do it through your writing.
There’s a saying that says a published writer is one who never gave up.
Goonies never say die. Writers shouldn’t either. Persevere. Even when writing is the last thing you want to do.