Writing Motivation

iStock_000024086772LargeI frequently hear authors describe their feelings about the trials and tribulations of being a writer. It’s a hard task when perfection can rarely be achieved and the road to publication is a long one. Here’s help with a comeback quote for some of the worries out there.

Worry #1.  I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I started writing five years ago and have stacks of rejection slips and I’m still not published.

“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” Cynthia Kersey

Worry #2. I’m beginning to doubt my abilities. I never have any time to improve my craft.

“Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” Zig Ziglar

Worry #3. I feel lost. I started writing a YA mystery. When I got to about 30,000 words I realized nothing was working. My story needed revisions before I was even finished. So frustrating.

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” Barbara Hall

Worry #4. Writing is such a lonely journey and I’m such a people person.

“Some walks you have to take alone.” Suzanne Collins

I hope these help you move forward. Have a great weekend.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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5 Responses to Writing Motivation

  1. Mark Myers says:

    Great advice Greg. Sometimes I feel a little exposed and all alone out there. When I get a little down, there always seems to be something that happens (a sale, kind word, or review) to pick me up. There are a lot of us out there writing and persevering.

  2. Awesome awesome post, Gfeg…and well timed cause I tell ya I have those very thoughts rumbling around in my head this weekend as I sit down to write. Write on!

    • Thanks. Looks like you have a lot of projects to keep you busy, and like me, inching ever so slowly to ‘The End’ for each… But moving forward nonetheless. Good luck.

  3. Good advice. I think it’s also a good idea to be working on several long and short term projects at the same time so that you don’t just feel like you’re getting nowhere and having no success. By the way, would you want to be interviewed for my podcast? Just send a message on my contact form and let me know.

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