Sunday, August 16, 2009

Discouraged by Your Writing? You're Not Alone

A writer's life consists of enormous and regular doses of rejection, frustration and misery. If you want to write for a living, be ready.

Heck, writing brings misery even when you try to do it for fun.

But if you think you suffer, take a few hours to learn the key details of the lives of authors like Virginia Woolf (she suffered from severe mental problems which grew in severity as she completed each of her novels), Sylvia Plath (possibly abused by her husband, died by suicide), Ernest Hemingway (likely manic-depressive, also committed suicide) and Phillip K. Dick (the famous science fiction writer, married and divorced five times, died penniless, and spent his late years convinced he was the victim of plots against him by the KGB and FBI).

Now that is suffering. And yet somehow each of these authors kept writing.

Keep writing!