Any discouraged writers out there? Just read a great interview with crime novelist James Lee Burke. Here is what he wants you to remember:
“Don’t ever quit. Never quit. Never show anybody you’re hurt. Grin and walk through the cannon smoke. It will drive them up the wall. You always stay true to your own principles. You always believe in your gift. God doesn’t make mistakes when he presents someone with a gift like that. It’s there for a reason. Tell the naysayers, those who reject you, to drop dead! Who Cares?” (Excerpt from an interview with Burke in the Writer's Digest magazines, Nov. Ec. 2011 issue written by Lindsey O'Connor)
I love this guy's attitude!
I'm sure it's no coincidence that I found your discussion today. Reading it made me smile. It was just what I needed. Thank you!
I read this today: Writer's block is when your imaginary friends stop talking to you. I smiled, then wrote 1500 works on my next chapter.
A quote I use, along the same vein, is 'The path to success is littered with the bodies of those who gave up.' I don't remember whose quote this is, but I love and remind myself of it often. We all have bad days - they are what make the good days so good. Write on.
Good for you. I'm in the doldrums today myself. When I read my own entry (above) I remembered how I felt that day and started writing again. I guess its called taking your own medicine.
If a writer is never discouraged, he's not improving.
Like that quote, Dana.