“It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”
– Sinclair Lewis
I’ve heard many working writers tell would-be writers that they should give up before ever really trying.
There are many reasons for this:
- Some writers feel the industry is already too crowded.
- Some writers know it’s a profession that typically doesn’t pay well.
- Some writers know if somebody gives up that easily, they don’t have what it takes to be a writer and they’ve done everyone involved a favor by weeding that person out.
For every writer I’ve seen who tried discouraging would-be writers, I’ve seen piles of would-be writers absolutely sure they would make it writing.
- You talk with them at parties, and they go on and on about how they will one day be famous…
- You see them in school, talking about how once they graduate, they will go to Europe and write the Great American Novel.
- You see them at work, talking to people about what they plan to write, but never seeming to actually write.
One day, you see most of these writers stop and move on to “real jobs,” tossing writing aside for something more secure. (And there’s nothing wrong with that.)
But there are writers who don’t stop, no matter what.
Work, deaths in the family, illnesses, children, and other things don’t stop them. If something much bigger than a writer telling them to quit won’t stop them, nothing will.
These are the writers with the best odds of making it; these are the writers who keep their heads down and write no matter what gets in the way.
Are you this kind of writer?
The odds are stacked against us all. If those odds don’t discourage you and you’re willing to put a decade or two into something most people drop after dabbling, you increase your odds of making it each week.
It’s the beginning of the week for most of us, so get busy writing!