Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writing 101: It Doesn't Get Easier

Authors are artists who paint with words instead of colors. And artists, by nature, are sensitive types. When you first start publishing, you're going to feel a lot of self-doubt. You'll be wounded by negative reviews. You'll be hurt by rejection. You'll agonize over decisions, and question your books and your writing skills again and again. But here's what you have to know about it: being an author doesn't get any easier. 

They're All Going To Laugh At You

What if they don't like it? What if everyone says it's terrible? What if you had written something else, instead? These questions will go through your mind when you write books, because this goes through every author's mind. But it doesn't matter how many books you publish. Questions like this will always go through your mind. 

Based on my extensive research, it doesn't really get any easier. You're still going to doubt yourself and question yourself long after you've reached that solid fan base and the success you crave, assuming of course that you get it. Many successful authors still carry these feelings of fear and self-doubt.

It's part of being an artist. Every good artist continues to doubt and question, continues to strive to be better. Every artist fears that people will hate what they've produced, and many artists always feel like what they've created isn't quite perfect. That's good. You don't want to reach perfection, because what's left after that? It's good to question and to doubt, because that means you'll always be striving to do your very best. 

It doesn't get easier to write books, but it's not supposed to. Writing books is hard, and the harder it is the better the book is. So embrace it, and be glad it's not easy. Great art should always be difficult to create.

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