There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life when they look around and scream, “What about me????” I have said this like a million times. I’ve also announced “I quit!” at least as many. The problem with quitting when you’re a writer is that, well, you’re a writer and I’ve told you already I think it’s some kind of not-yet-diagnosed mental illness. Writing should be on the DSM-IV. We all have the same compulsions and regardless of race, religion or geographical location, it doesn’t change. We couldn’t “quit writing” any sooner than we could quit breathing, though if we put our mind too it, we’d survive the former a little longer than the latter. Still, we’d be back.
Writing’s like that.
1. Since you can’t really quit writing…why stop submitting? I mean, you’re going to be writing anyway. What’s the point of not subbing your work? If you get rejected, so what. If you don’t submit, then you definitely won’t get a “Yes.” *shrugs* You like my logic? Right on.
2. As for the “What about me????” If you’re saying this, then you’re doing it right. If you’re saying this it means you’re working hard, improving your craft and it shows. You’re waiting for someone else to take notice of what you already see. This is paramount. They WILL see. Hang in there. See #1.
3. If you’re saying “What about me???” It also implies you’re watching those around you get agents, book deals, contracts. Maybe even your entire critique group is moving up the publishing chain. What about YOU? Well, from where I stand applauding you, I can see that you’re exactly where you need to be if you want to be next. You’ve networked with writers. Good ones. Ones who have something to offer back or they wouldn’t be getting those things above. You’ve aligned yourself well. Do you know how many other authors I’ve pointed to my press? My agent? Do you know how I found them? Yep. Through others in my writer-life who got there first. One of my old critique partners quit writing to become an editor. Imagine how much I learned from her. Your writing friends make a difference & they will help you reach your goals.
Seeing those around you reach their writing goals means you’ve got good friends with strong hearts and diligent minds. Friends usually have things like that in common. Be assured. You are where you need to be today. I am here to attest to the difference a day can make. A week. A year. That’s a post for a different time.
Do not give up. I forbid you. And you can’t do it anyway See #1.
You can do this. You were called to this. It won’t go away, but it will make you crazy if you deny your desire to write or be published.
Hang on a little longer.
Your call is coming.