The writer’s journey is long and arduous. It is replete with discouragement, failure, and struggles. People who write do it because they have an innate need within them, yet it can be frustrating because finding an audience can feel like banging our heads against a wall. Many folks who have the calling to be writers give up after a little while due to the difficulty of breaking into the market. I empathize with these people, however, anything worthwhile in life is difficult.
Anyone who is no longer a small child knows that life isn’t easy or fair. Things happen, unexpected challenges or tragedies hit that are out of our control. Sometimes the challenges we face are our own doing. Somewhere along our lives we have sewn seeds out of foolishness or weakness and when the harvest came, we were devastated by the results.
The same is true of writing. When we are new, no matter how talented, we make mistakes. The first versions of my first book were rough around the edges despite rigorous editing. The simple fact is that I had and still have much to learn. If we are going to succeed in the writing world we need to persist and understand that it’s hard. Sometimes the challenges are self-inflicted, even if they are unintended.
What are we to do? Persist, if you are really called to be a writer then persist and continually refine your craft. You need to answer for yourself if it is a calling or a hobby. There is a difference. Realizing that writing for an audience isn’t your thing is okay. Sometimes it takes facing difficulties to force us to analyze just how far we should take our goals. However, giving up simply because it’s hard will mean we will never gain the rewards of pursuing our dreams. This is a personal decision for each person dipping his/her toes in the writing world.