Monday, November 16, 2009

Don’t Be Discouraged

I used to question why I was even writing.I’ve read a great deal of what published authors had to say about ‘making it’ in the publishing industry. While I found their stories inspiring, none of them mentioned going through the anguish I was, and am still, going through. Many times I've come to the point of believing I would never become a published author. I felt that what I was doing would have no value to anyone and that no one was the least bit interested in what I had to say. I had developed the 'How Dare You Assume You Can Become A Writer' syndrome.

Then I bought a book titled, Write Away by Elizabeth George, one of the greatest authors of our time. You can only imagine the encouragement I received from this great author when I found she began each chapter by sharing a brief passage from her private journal? This literary genius had faced all the same demons with which I am dealing.

How wonderful to know that I am not the only writer to struggle with such turmoil. I needed to share this because I believe there are other writers going through the same ordeal.

If you are, please respond and help other writers to know we are not alone and that we must never give up. I so look forward to hearing from all of you.


  1. I always love hearing about the hard work and perseverance from other others. It's definitely good to know that we're not the only one who feels unworthy or untalented at times.

  2. Shirley,
    Thanks for responding. I can't tell you how many times I felt I was the only one who struggled with such feelings of doubt. This must be part of the process, you know, to keep us humble and our writing real.