Words of advice
Every writer, from time to time, gets discouraged. External events bear down upon them, and the task of writing seems too trivial to bother with, or too great a challenge. The temptation to give up is strong.
Keep your chin up, even during the bad times. I have often found the words of other writers a comfort during these moments, none more so than JA Konrath who shares some wonderful insight here. These are some of my favourites.
There’s a word for a writer who never gives up… published
You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than landing a publishing deal. But understanding the market and working to improve your craft can have the same effect as climbing a tree in a thunderstorm, carrying a long iron rod.
No one is entitled to anything.
Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Nothing good can come of it.
Maybe you can’t win. But you sure can try.
But far and away my favourite bit of advice given is this:
Write when you can. Finish what you start. Edit what you finish. Submit what you’ve edited. Repeat.