Illusion vs. Reality

Do you have dreams of sending out your first manuscript and having it instantly picked up by the first publisher you send it to and then selling a zillion copies? To be honest, I think most writers have that thought hidden in the back of their heads. But that is just an illusion. The reality is that you will probably see more rejection letters than acceptances.

Writing is hard work. It takes time and dedication to hone your craft. You will receive rejections, but look at it as one step closer to success.

Sometimes you need to start out small in order to build up to bigger successes. Try writing short pieces for a newsletter. Enter a short story contest. As you gain confidence, branch out into online magazines and then into regular magazines.  Do all you can to gather writing experience.

Keep working on your skills, too. Listen to the tips of your critique group. Take a course online or at your local community college. Go to a writers’ conference.

That million dollar contract may be out of reach, but with hard work, dedication, and commitment, your writing career will start to become a reality.

One Response

  1. Catherine, how true. Writing is hard work but work I LOVE!

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