Date Posted: 09/02/2012 | Category: Writing,
We've probably all been there, the point when you begin to wonder why you ever started this writing lark in the first place. You can't get taken seriously by your friends or family, you enter endless short story competitions which never win a thing and you spend an eternity writing a novel that fails to interest publishers, and you'd go down the self publishing route but for all the people telling you it won't work and doesn't count anyway.
The fact is, what you are writing matters, for a variety of reasons. For one, even if you aren't getting paid at the present time, at the end of the day no one becomes a writer for the cash anyway. It's a nice thing if you can get it, to be sure, but writing is not just a career, and it certainly isn't just a "hobby". Writing is a calling. It sounds terribly pretentious, I know, but how many of us, when we first picked up a pen, did so because we envisaged great riches or just to pass the time until something more interesting happened? Very few, I'd wager. We write because we don't have any other choice. It's more than what we do, it's what we are. So published or not, paid or not, the fact that writing is such an intrinsic part of our identity as an individual human being is what makes it matter.
p.s. Writers are writers, regardless of success.