Updated: Nov 19, 2020
By Jennifer L. Davidson
Writing Isn't for the Faint of Heart. Writing Takes Guts and Persistence.
Those were some titles I had in mind for this post. But then it dawned on me that instead of complaining about how hard writing can be, I should implore readers to support writers with gallons of encouragement. Tell a writer you know to keep up the hard work. Tell them to never give up if it's what they truly feel passionate about. Tell them that no matter who likes or dislikes their work, if they like it, that's all that matters. Most importantly, tell them to be proud of themselves for putting in the effort, regardless of the outcome.
Writers can be a frail bunch. We can ride a roller coaster of self-loathing like any other artist. We have no qualms with telling ourselves to give up, that we aren't good enough. We can be our own worst critic.
But we also have another side.
That other side is filled with voices, from one to 10, depending on how many points of view we're currently writing. Those voices speak to us, sometimes they shout, demanding that their stories be told. We have no other choice than to type or write their words, to relay their emotions, and then rewrite them over and over again when we don't get it exactly right the first dozen times.
Writing isn't for the faint of heart. Writing does take guts and persistence. Writing requires encouragement from others. But it's what we love to do, and most of us wouldn't want it any other way.