Okay, let me tell you an inside scoop about writing a book. I’ve been networking with other writes, joining critique groups and diving into the world of social media for the past two weeks. Already, I’ve been told countless times that I have no business being in the writing business.
For every reason imaginable.
One person doesn’t like that I said I needed commitment and discipline to write my trilogy. Another said that I shouldn’t be doing it for the money (which I’m not, I just need to crowdfund money to edit my book and polish it up. However, if I don’t get the money through crowdfunding, I’ll scrape together the money myself, somehow). Yet another said it was because I was going to hire a professional editor to clean up my line edits because I admitted that I know there’s errors that are beyond my current knowledge. I could go on. I’m sure there’s going to be more reasons to add to this list before I DO publish my book.
So let me tell you this. Just do it. The internet is full of people who are going to tell you all of the reasons you can’t do this, all of the reasons you’re going to fail, all of the reasons why the wannabe authors should just stay away.
However, what all these people don’t know is why you’re writing your book. What’s driving you? What’s your intentions? How many hours a day do you put into your book? Just because one person is not on the same level or has differing talents with writing, this doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to write your book. Some people have a much longer journey and more to learn. My only advice I can give you is to grow a thick skin. Put your foot down and summon back all of that toddler stubbornness. There’s going to be a lot of people who are going to stand in your way in order to make you a better writer.
As an extremely introverted and passive-aggressive and sensitive person, this is not easy for me.
However, I am learning.
I have to.
If you let them rob you of your journey, you will always regret it. Do everything that you must to do pursue out your passion to the end.