Do you ever wonder if you’ll ‘get there’? You’ve written for years, perfecting the craft, going to conferences and workshops, taken classes, networked . . . in other words, done everything you should. Friends and critique partners praise your writing, encouraging you. Yet you wonder why you keep at it. Even though you final in contests, your manuscript is never requested by the final judge. At the same time, you see newbie’s who seem to effortlessly crank out a story, receiving those coveted requests, then offered a contract.
You seriously consider just chucking it all and forgetting it. After all, you’ve been beating your head up against a wall for years now. But what do you have to show for it?
You pour yourself a drink and have a very nice pity party. It’s dreary and overcast and rainy . . . adding to your mood. You find excuse after excuse to keep from sitting at the keyboard, to keep from working on those revisions.
If you’re like me, once you get to “The End”, you want to shut it down and move on to the next story. But you can’t. If there will ever be any hope of selling that story, then you have to suck it up, ignore everything else around you and concentrate on those characters, that plot. You have to polish the manuscript until it shines.
And have faith that one day you WILL get that call because you aren’t alone. It’s a well worn path that we travel and when we slip, when we fall, others that have gone before will help pick you up.
We can do it. All we have to do is believe.