It’s hard, ya know?

It’s hard to work for years on a novel only to place it in a file somewhere, forgotten, never to be read again.

It’s hard to sacrifice so much for so long and have nothing to show for it.

It’s hard to admit your ‘baby’ is a failure.

It’s hard to hear it from others.

It’s even harder to say it.

It’s hard to look back and wonder where the time went and realize you’ll never get it back.

It hurts to put so much effort into something you see no results. Oh wait – you do get results – the odd ‘thanks but no thanks’ rejection letter.

Since it’s so hard – why do we do it? Why do we subject ourselves to this pain, this hurt day in and day out?

When do we take this pain and use it to our advantage? If you’re like me, you’ve read the blogs of those who are living our dream – and you’ve read about how hard it was for them to get to where they are today. The hundreds of rejections they received or the novels that sit untouched in their drawers or in files in their computer … they’ve all been there, they understand our pain. And yet they made it through.

There’s one thing I’ve realized about us writers. We are a strong bunch. We have a determination that far exceeds anything else I’ve seen. We are constantly on the lookout for more information, new ways to succeed, things to help us grow in our craft. We don’t give up. Sure, we might have our little pity parties every so often – but after all the hours we put into our novels – we’re allowed that. I’ve never met a bunch of people who get so excited for others when they do succeed – and I love it. I love knowing that even when it’s hard – I’m not alone. That there are others out there who love chocolate as much as I do πŸ˜‰

Even when it’s hard – we dig our heels in and refuse to give up. Way to go!