Do you know what it takes to keep writing, even when you don’t get an agent, or your agent can’t sell your book, or you get rejection after rejection from editors, or your teacher gives you a ✓- instead of a ✓+? Do you know what it takes? It takes not stopping. That’s it. It doesn’t take more inspiration. It doesn’t take more time. It doesn’t take different circumstances. It doesn’t even take a room of one’s own, although that is awfully nice. It just takes not stopping.
Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep critiquing. Keep getting critiqued. Keep reading. For god’s sake, keep reading!
I know, I know, it’s hard. But guess what? Nobody said it wasn’t going to be hard. And I know, you’re sad or disappointed or angry or frustrated about it. But guess what? Nobody said it wasn’t going to be hard! So you can stop writing if you want. Go ahead. Stop. Or don’t. Because all it takes to keep writing is not stopping.
Do you know who I wrote this post for? Did you just look over your shoulder, and say to yourself, “Me? Did you write it for me?” You know who you are.
Don’t stop writing.