The Happy Writer

Are You Committed?

Distance
Distance by Shivz Photography

Lisa over at the Milk Fever Blog has a post on making a pact as an aspiring writer and how this helped her on her journey to publication. I think this is a very important idea. Writing is a solitary occupation, and that makes it so easy to succumb to doubt and the “Am I crazies?”.

You don’t have to go it alone as a writer.

I have you to thank. Your blogs also keep me energized. Whenever I’m in a funk, your stories, your thoughts on writing, your love of books – all of it – makes me smile and get over those doubts. Even when it comes to hearing about the challenges, the rejections, it’s a relief to know we’re all struggling through the same things. Nope I’m not alone, and neither are you.

Do you have a writing buddy to share your writing progress with, someone that will kick you in the pants if you start to waver, send you encouragement when you’re having a down day?

I’m lucky enough to have at least two such friends, and they’re not easy on me. They’ve got no tolerance for complaints or slacking, but they’re also the first people I go to when I have good news, and to celebrate with. Without them, I’d probably never finish anything. I try to return the favor as much as I can.

So I’m making a commitment:

I promise that even when rejections come, even when doubt makes it hard to write, even when life gets in the way, I will keep writing, with the goal of having a novel published. No matter how long it takes, I will continue to learn and improve until I get there. (Rinse and repeat for every novel in me)

Are you in for the long haul? If you are, I’ll be there to cheer you on.

18 Comments

  1. Yeah, I’m in it to win it! Sometimes, I know that means realizing when I’m not good enough, yet, and that I need to push harder, run faster and farther, do more and better. I’ll get there. That’s always been my promise to myself. Because my goal, my ultimate goal, is to earn my income exclusively from writing and writing-related activites, no matter how unrealistic that may seem now.

    1. There’s always more to improve, but I think that as long as you know that, and work towards it, you will keep improving. That’s an ambitious goal, but that is the ultimate goal for most of us isn’t it? Let’s get you on your way! ~cheers~

      1. I am unashamedly writing to get money, he he 😀 No but seriously, I do it because I’m an artist too. Eesh, that didn’t come out right at all, did it? lol

        There are the few that make it, Stephen. As Charlie Bucket said(?) in the 1970’s Willy Wonka movie, “I’ve got just as much a chance at getting that golden ticket as everyone else, right?”

  2. You are blessed T.S. 🙂 Friends and people who you can confide in are always a plus–they are there through the thick and thin. Pardon the cliche, but hey I love this post. So had to type a comment quick 😛

    Keep writing, better and often!

    -BrownEyed

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