Writer’s Life 2/22/18

It’s not you, it’s them. Unless it is you.
I have been making my goals for 2018 so far. I have also been getting rejected at least once a week. This week I got it twice. When you are a writer, it is hard to sell yourself to the powers that be. Sometimes nothing you do catches their eye. Then there are also the readers. I need those eyes on my work!
It can be hard to admit you have written a book that nobody is interested in. Maybe it was the wrong genre for the times. Perhaps it is an excellent book, but just not what everyone wants today. There is still tomorrow. Don’t give up on yourself.
I took a look back at my first fruits of writing and realized they are awful. People still buy those books and really enjoy them. They are no longer a good example of my writing skills, but they still have value. I must admit when I started out writing I wanted to just give the world my stories. Today I want to pay my bills with those stories.
The struggle is real for writers. We write, rewrite, edit, then submit or self-publish. We work hard and often see very little in the way of income. You don’t have to starve to be an artist. You can make money, but it isn’t always enough. It is good to have many marketable skills that can help you support yourself. Take time to really look at your skills and ask yourself what types of income generating jobs can you do. Make a plan and stick to it.
Sometimes you fail. It is just another part of life. You can’t be successful at everything. Remember that failure is just a sign you are really living. You can’t fail nor can you succeed if you never do anything at all! Never taking chances is no way to live your life. You need to really put yourself out there and give it everything you got. Collect your rejection letters and be proud of them. They represent your journey.
Your Favorite Home Town Writer,
Deedra Mosley

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