Can You Be Discouraged?

It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis

I can get pretty down on myself when I’m depressed about my lack of progress as a writer, when I find work I’ve written 3 years ago that was ready to send out and I let it go, when I didn’t win a contest I thought I had a good shot at or when I keep writing for less than the going rate…at these times when you get discouraged what keeps you going as a writer?

Today, take 15 minutes and write down 10 reasons why you should continue your writing journey. Then take 15 minutes and write down why you should quit. Which list was easier to write? I keep my “why I continue” list next to my desk, so I can see it when I get frustrated, annoyed, or discouraged.

Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement from a fellow writer or finding some new information or a blog that motivates you that day. What keeps me going is sitting at the keyboard each morning and writing.Pushing myself to have a schedule that I keep to…some good days, some bad…some achievements , many rejections…

Anne Frank said “I want to write but more than that I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart…”

The Writing Nag

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