We forget sometimes. It’s easy to do. With all the fears trembling inside — Am I any good at this? Should I do something else? Can I do something else? Can I actually call myself a writer? With all the fears weighing overhead — Is my query any good? Will I get an agent? Why is it taking so long to hear back? Should I just throw in the towel and self-publish? If I self-publish, am I any good at this? With all the fears attacking from all sides — Should I listen to my parents and quit this delusion? Should I listen to that blog that says I don’t need an agent? Or how about that one that says I must have an agent? What about that review that said my story is mediocre? What about those friends who wonder after all these years if I’m any good at this? All these fears make it so easy to forget —
This is supposed to be fun.
Remember? That’s why you started in the first place. There’s a rush you get when you write a story, when you create something, when you breathe life into words on a page. It’s a rush when you finish a story, when a scene goes just how you wanted it, when a turn of phrase stops you in amazement — Did I just write that? you wonder.
Yes, writing is work at times. Yes, the writing business is hard. There’s a steep learning curve to getting published and then there’s a lot of luck. And even those of us who have been published before faced countless rejections in the past and face countless more in the future.
But you didn’t start writing because of any of that. You got into this mess because it’s fun. Because the idea of creating a book and not just reading one, thrills you. Because having just one person read your work and finding out that one person liked your story, perhaps was moved by it, that’s the gravy you seek.
Today, while you fret away about a writing career or get angry at yourself for not hitting your word count or torture yourself with any of the myriad of other writing problems you can dream up — stop. Take a long breath. Find that joy once again. And remember —
Writing is fun!