Discouragement is a common emotion to feel in the writing field. It can happen to any author or aspiring writer. We have big expectations. It is easy to envision yourself as the next Charles Dickens or J.K. Rowling. When you begin your rough draft and you come across your first writer’s block, you may begin to doubt your primary expectations. You realize that it won’t be an easy journey. When you finish your manuscript, you try to have friends and family read it and critique it so you can get honest feedback. But those who say they would help you end up giving a mediocre response or don’t even finish reading your manuscript at all. Then you try to get your story published only to get rejected time and time again. And even if your story is published, you go through it only to find printing errors.
The writing process is difficult. Writing is no stroll through a daisy field, nor is it a trek through thorns. The path consists of all kinds of terrain. When things don’t go exactly as planned, you may feel discouraged. The trick is to not let it get to you. I would say that if you try hard enough, you’ll eventually fulfill all your goals. But that is sadly not always the case. However, you won’t get your best chance if you don’t try. Whatever is holding you back in your writing, find ways to overcome it. One of the best ways to do this is to take a little break. Go on a walk or talk with loved ones. Letting yourself go for a little bit can help you clear your mind. This is especially true if you are stuck in a writer’s block. Taking a break can help you sort things out in your mind.
Just remember, J.K. Rowling’s first novel has been rejected many times. During that time of her life, Rowling had many challenges. She was very discouraged by this. But she kept her head forward. She used her setbacks to her advantage. Her novel was eventually published and now it is one of the most successful books in history. Now your luck may differ from Rowling’s. You may reach all your goals, or you may not. But remember to keep your head forward. You’ll never know what you can accomplish unless you try. Don’t let your trials uphold you.
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