I'm in the throes of NaNoWriMo and an election. An ugly one at that. Either of these would be enough to make me throw in the towel at times. The latter attacks my belief in the decency of the people in my community while the former makes me question my own abilities.
As you're making this writing journey do you ever enter a bookstore or walk up the book aisle at Costco and really look at the sheer number of published books there? I don't know about you but that intimidates me on a grand scale.
But we writers sure seem to be coming out of the woodwork. With so many new books being published how do you make yours stand out and be noticed? I find I tend to leave bookstores depressed since I started writing.
My second issue is personal. It relates to my writing abilities (or lack thereof). Can I ever be good enough to qualify as one of those people on the bookshelf?
What's your motivation for writing? Do you dream of being the next J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer? Is it just a fun hobby? Are you putting yourself out there to shut up the voices in your head?
Whatever your reason for writing and (perhaps) seeking publication, I believe it's a good thing. Human beings crave story. We can devour a great tale and immediately turn around wanting another. While the bookstores and the Internet may be full of tragedies and comedies and mysteries and fantasies, we will continue to want more.
So don't give up on yourself. We can get good at writing by writing, by reading the best authors, by learning from others. We need to find our own unique voices.
I enjoy the delightful presentation of Ira Glass's words in the following video. But I love the meaning behind the words. They lift me and inspire me when I feel insignificant and ready to give up. They fill me with determination to persevere.
Click here for the Ira Glass video (it wouldn't embed). It's short and totally worth the time to watch.