I know, I know we all want to get published. We have been all over the Internet and scurried through every “how to get published” guide. But still, it seems so far-fetched.
But, why wouldn’t it be far-fetched? Do you think Dan Brown or J. K. Rowling just landed on earth as writers? Why do we enjoy whatever Khaled Hosseini writes? Haven’t they faced what you are facing today?
I think they are successful today because they loved what they did.
Why do you write? If the answer is anything other than “because I love it”, then you won’t have the patience to pursue it. Chasing passion is not for the faint-hearted.
If you are only attracted to the glamour that comes along, it will definitely bore you at some point of time (just like that new girl/boy you got infatuated to, but it ended after the first few dates).
I am not trying to scare anyone here. I am only trying to communicate that just like infatuation and love are very different, so is shine and passion.
We all write to be read, right? So, whom to write it for? Write for yourself first. You are your first audience.
If you have put your heart into your words, sooner or later people will read it. And you will get the appreciation as well.
If the driving force is just to get published, you’ll never love it enough. It will cause you anxiety. But, if you fall in love with beautifully written words and want to create of your own, then keep the idea of getting published at the back of your mind and just write. Publishing can come later.
Writing about the most searched “keyword” or the trending topic wouldn’t be fruitful in the long run. You can’t be your best at writing about something that you haven’t felt, something that is not close to your heart.
Social promotion without value won’t help either.
You must raise your piece like parents raise their kids.
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. If you feel that this is what you’ve always wanted to do, then embrace everything that comes along with it, the time management, the difficulties, the unappreciated piece (which you thought is your masterpiece), and the surprise praises.
You started, right? You have already crossed the first barrier. Now, the next part where the real test begins is to pursue it with all your heart. It will require a lot of hard work and patience.
Sometimes you’ll be appreciated, other times you won’t be. Give it time, give it your heart. When you do that, you create something worth reading, something that you love for yourself. I think that is whom we should write for.
When you have given it time, be patient. One day, somebody reads it and just can’t control appreciating you since it reached their heart as well. Then, it is time to savour the pleasure.
Write like you have always wanted to. Shower passion in your work. Keep writing your heart out and then wait. Let the magic happen.