Are we sadists who put ourselves up for rejection and scrutiny day after day via our writing. The entire world gets a close peek into our thought process, into our sensibilities, into our feelings through the characters we create. Though we may be extremely private individuals, we do live extremely public lives because of our work.
In this scenario we have to be our biggest supporters, have to constantly motivate ourselves and have immense faith in our abilities and stories, else we will be close to literary annihilation. Though we are allowed a bit or maybe even a lot of self pity, we have no other choice but to lick our wounds and get on with the job in hand: our WIP.
I read this beautiful saying “ If I have lost the self confidence in myself, I have the Universe against me” – Ralph W Emerson. It applies to us writers perfectly. If we lose confidence in ourselves, in our stories, in our characters, in our settings, then not only are we doing a grave injustice to ourselves, but we are also cheating ourselves. This is a God given talent, each one of us has unique stories that we must and should share with the world. Rejections and criticisms should not deter us, infact they should strengthen our resolve to tell the best story that we can. To turn those detractors into our biggest supporters should be our aim, and we should resolve to do so.
Practically every writer I know has faced rejection and braved harsh criticism to churn out words which have enthralled readers worldwide. What kept them going was their faith in their stories and a belief that they could and would do it.
Each and every story that is currently residing in our hearts is awaiting its tryst with inspiration. Someone somewhere, maybe in a remote corner of the world is waiting to be inspired by our words, someone is waiting to be entertained by it, someone is waiting to bond with the characters. Do we have a right to deprive those people of inspiration, entertainment or bonding? Even if our words motivate and inspire only a handful of people, or entertain the same number, isn’t that much more than what we hoped for when we typed that first word. So, don’t let anyone stop you from writing as you never know who you will Inspire with your story.
Doesn't the thought that someone is waiting for our story/book make us pull out our WIP with renewed passion, make us want to give it all that we can. Don’t we have a commitment to that person waiting eagerly for our collection of words?
Have you ever felt despaired, wondered why you were writing when all you encounter is closed doors. How do you cope with those days? What keeps your faith intact? Please share. I am sure we all will be inspired by it.
P.S. Few of my writing friends in
were depressed by the rejections
piling up. I hope this post will motivate them and everyone else to keep writing. India