Have you ever been in a position when you didn’t know what to do next? As a writer, has there been a time when you thought that this was the end of your writing career?
Ever thought why do writers fail? Why is it that we hear endless stream of stories where writers confess they have failed in their mission be it writing a fiction book, promoting a non-fiction blog, creating a new website or marketing their copywriting services?
If you can relate to that feeling, keep on reading.
Reason Why Writers Fail
The answer to this question is surprisingly very simple. So much so that it may startle you. Writers fail because they give up.
Once you give up, there is no chance of a survival. You have surrendered–it’s a finished story. Therefore, the very first thing that a writer must keep in mind, and I am trying and learning this myself with each passing day, is to never give up.
The Multi-tasking Face of Writing
In the present-day scenario, if you are a writer, you are also your own HR team, Chief Marketing Officer, Creative Director, Financial advisor, Product Developer and the Admin personnel. Won’t you agree?
For example, who markets you when you’v written a shiny new piece on your blog? Who hears you out when you have complains about the late nights in the business? Who brings out a creative solution to a problem? Who manages the finances?
So, let’s face it. Being a writer in the 21st century is like being a multi-preneur. You have to play multiple roles and you have to juggle between them. You are your best friend and you are your best advisor. So stick to. . . yourself!
It is Easy to Lose Hope
As you can see, after facing the plethora of roles a writer has to play, it is but human to just let it all go and relieve ourselves from the burdens of taking things further. But that’s where you must oppose you. That’s where you have to stop yourself from giving up.
Empathise with yourself, pamper or coax yourself. But don’t think of giving up.
Writing Is Like Trekking
A good analogy is that of trekking. Once you decide to keep going on the upward spiral trail, you will soon discover that you’ve reached the summit–a peak. You can sit back and relax, enjoying the view from the top.
This top, however, is one of the many tops you can conquer. So after sipping on that Orange juice, revive and get back on the trail.
Have you ever seen a trekker expect a simple trail? What a good trekker expects, rather, is a path full of ups and downs and spirals, and a constant need to readjust. As a writer, it’s best to emulate that trekker who expects trouble but outshines.
How do you keep from giving up as a writer? Got tips to share with us?
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