Have you ever felt like giving up?
As a writer, you will experience stumbling blocks at one time or another in your career. You may face the dreaded white screen frustrated because the words just won’t come. You may submit what you think is your greatest masterpiece only to face a mountain of rejection letters. It may seem at times that no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to take a step forward towards realizing your dream.
Your inner critic then begins to raise his voice. You start to think that maybe you just aren’t cut out to be a writer after all. Dejected, you turn off your computer with a strong desire to climb into bed and pull the covers over your head, dreading the dawn of a new day.
If this sounds like you, take heart in the fact that you are not alone. Countless writers struggle with these stumbling blocks each and every day. There is a light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it’s not a train).
Achieving success as a freelance writer takes time and countless hours of hard work. That’s something us writers have a difficult time dealing with. We live in a world of instant gratification where we have come to expect everything to be right there at our fingertips. These expectations hamper our ability to have patience.
We need to be determined to not allow anything to get in our way on the road to success. Persistent and consistent actions over a period of time will take us where we want to go.
It helps to remember why we became writers in the first place. Reconnect with your original source of inspiration for becoming a writer. There once was a specific seed of passion that desired to express itself. But over time, we disconnected ourselves from this passion in pursuit of other goals.
Once you have reconnected with the reason why you became a writer in the first place, nurture that passion until you see it in full bloom. Make the decision that you will accept no other option. Maintain that passion by taking action every day that will lead you to the living the life you deserve.
Believe in yourself as a writer. You were given the gift of expression for a reason. Perhaps that reason was to make a powerful impact in the life of someone else you may never meet face to face. Maybe you will give someone hope that things can and will get better.
Perhaps you can inspire them with an idea that they would not have thought on their own. You might even save a life from the pits of despair. But if you don’t sit your butt in the chair and get to work, that may never happen.
If you are struggling, know that there is tons of help out there. Here at Freelance Writers Academy, we help our members benefit from expert advice in developing queries, finding freelance work, answering specific questions, and dealing with all the aspecsts involved in freelance writing.
You were born with a special gift. Don’t squander it. Take your freelance writing seriously and let your voice be heard. You were called to be a writer, so start acting like one. Time to get back to work.