I'm a writer because I have stage fright.
Writing is difficult, publishing your writing is even more so. I’ve won some hard fought victories, but at great cost. Time is the number one cost, money the second. So is it worth it?
Great writers say that it takes perseverance and consistent writing. But I think there is more to it than that. A lot of those great writers were in the right place at the right time, found the right agents, and/or did something seemingly small at the time that affected their whole careers. Those things gave them the edge over your average writer.
Don’t get me wrong though — it still takes perseverance and consistent writing. It takes a lot of bad writing. It takes a lot of humility. It also takes the right people noticing you and giving you a chance.
I believe I only live once, so I’m going after my dream. I don’t resent anyone in this business because they have their own reasons (even if they are misguided and downright wrong) that are based off of their own knowledge of how the industry works. We all have to muddle through together.
My hope is that the two stair steps up I’ve taken will give me a better visual of the top. I also hope it will give me a chance to reach down to the bottom and pull a few others up with me. Whatever happens, I refuse to go back down.