Well, maybe I’m not a nobody, sometimes it feels that way. I don’t have one single work published as of now. So how do I keep my spirits high when trying to achieve a goal? Am I really a writer? Hell yes I am.
Here is what has helped me change that mindset.
I write everyday
Simple right? Not really. It takes time to sit down, open the computer and write a short story or novel. It takes more dedication than I ever thought.
I don’t just write, I read a lot
As Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
I read while waiting to clock in at work or before bedtime. I read when a writing break is needed. It really does improve your vocabulary.
I treat it like a job
I carve out time everyday to get words on paper. It may seem silly, but it helps. Do I need to work on my novel before work? Or will I do it when I get home?
I’ve learned not to compare myself to others
Being a writer is tough. It’s faced with rejection and the fear of never being good enough. Being intimidated and jealousy won’t get you anywhere. Trust me, I know.
I hope this post helps anyone else out there dealing with rejection or not having good luck with writing. You’re not alone and everyone starts somewhere. I have bad writing days every week, but I’m learning to deal and grow from it. If you stop or give up, that’s the quickest way not to be a writer. Keep your head up and write on.