Sometimes I think writers must indeed be crazy.
I mean, not only do we have to be weird creative types, but we have to be the type of person who's motivated by defeat.
We have to be that kid who, when someone tells him, "What you produced here is absolute crap," replies, "Okay. Now watch me do better!"
I've been blogging for about three and a half years and I've made a lot of bloggy friends during that stretch.
Some are still writing and going strong. Others have fallen off my bloggy/writing radar because they've stopped blogging or asking for critiques.
I've had critique partners who lost hope in the query trenches and moved on to other dreams. But this is what I figure: if you're living a fulfilled, creative life, why complicate it with the complexities of the publishing biz?
Nobody's standing over any of our heads with a hammer saying, "YOU MUST KEEP GOING UNTIL YOU'RE PUBLISHED, OR ELSE!"
No. We do it because want to, because we're a little bit crazy.
If we change our minds and decide this isn't as important to us as we thought it was, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Right?
Or does a decision like that always hang over our heads? Is QUIT always a four-letter word?
What kind of person are you? Do you think you'll ever give up?
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