As writers it’s very easy to fall into the pit of depression. It just takes one rejection from an agent, one bad review, a harsh editorial feedback or unfavourable comments from critique partners and we start swimming in the pool of negativity, doubting everything: from our story to writing, from our characters to the ending.
We all have those moments, wondering why we write, when we only encounter roadblocks and dead ends in some stages of our career.
I’m sure we writers have a touch of sadism to put ourselves through this entire grind. The entire world gets a close peek into our thought process, our sensibilities, our feelings, through the characters we create. Though we may be extremely private individuals, we do live extremely public lives because of our work.
I read this beautiful saying “If I have lost the self confidence in myself, I have the Universe against me”– Ralph W Emerson. It applies to us writers perfectly. If we lose confidence in ourselves and our stories, then we are doing a grave injustice to ourselves and also cheating ourselves. Writing is a God given talent, we all have unique stories that we must and should share with the world. Rejections and criticisms are just obstacles, they shouldn’t deter us.
Each and every story residing in our hearts, is awaiting its tryst with readers. Someone somewhere, maybe in a remote corner of the world is waiting to be inspired by our words, someone is waiting to be entertained by it, someone is waiting to bond with the characters. Do we have a right to deprive those people of inspiration, entertainment or bonding? Even if our words motivate and inspire only a handful of people, or entertain the same number, isn’t that much more than what we hoped for when we typed that first word. So, don’t let anyone stop you from writing as you never know who you will inspire with your story.
Have you ever felt despaired, wondered why you were writing when all you encountered was closed doors? How do you cope with those days? What keeps your faith intact? Please share. I am sure we all will be inspired by it.