Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Writer's Conviction

One of the hardest obstacles a writer must face is herself! It's easy to lose your nerve when you're standing before a horde of faceless readers and critics. You might begin to question your work, your point of view and wonder if it is all worth it. 

Every writer second-guesses themselves every once in a while, but it is important to stick to your guns. You have to remember WHY you're writing in the first place and believe in it. You have to stand by YOUR point of view regardless what others might think... because without your point of view, you wouldn't be you. Don't ever compromise your values or conviction, it is what makes us all special.  

As writers, we run from designated paths and seek alternate trails elsewhere in the bush. It's exciting to do something different, but also kind of scary since there's no one to fall back on if you get lost. Every writer is taking a different route, trying to go somewhere. And every writer has a unique voice--some voices are louder or better than others, but you can't let that distract you from your goals. 

It's tough work being a writer. The pay isn't good, the work isn't steady or stable, and there's no glory for most of us in this field. No, to be a writer, you have to LOVE what you do. And that takes conviction. So do you have it? 


Maria Zannini said...

Sometimes I feel like I question myself every second day. :) Goes with the territory.

Angelina Rain said...

Oh boy, a post about questioning yourself. I still think I’m dreaming. I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I was fifteen and now all of the sudden I send out two submissions and got contracts the next day for both. Am I dreaming?

Vegetarian Cannibal said...

Congratulations on your acceptances, Angelina! You must be so excited! I love getting contracts in my inbox, don't you? :D Good luck on your manuscripts!

Maria, as always, thanks for leaving your bits of wisdom. :)

Jenners said...

I think writing is very much like tightrope walking ... you are there by yourself, it is easy (and public) to fail and you often don't have a net -- plus you do need the courage of your convictions. It takes guts. I'm still not sure I have what it takes.

Anonymous said...

Powerfully written blog and very true.

Sometimes the worst critic we can ever face is ourselves.

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