Writers Be Encouraged!

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After spending several months researching, writing, and rewriting your book, it’s finally published. Unlike your first book you never knew what to expect, and yet you were excited because you finally did it!

Do you remember that feeling of euphoria from just seeing your name in print? Do you remember that feeling from your first book signing when you signed your autograph? It felt good, didn’t it?

Perhaps after writing several books, the same zeal you once had is now a bit subdued. Maybe it’s because of shrinking sales and scanty reviews. It could be you’re not as motivated as you were before. Possibly, you’re burned out from the demands to release books at a faster pace than what you’re used to.

Whatever the reason, you may feel caught in a web of uncertainty and on the borderline of throwing up the “White Flag.” I encourage you not to quit! It is so easy to get discouraged in this highly competitive industry. Even great success can result in your burning out when we’re not careful.

What I come to realize, is that there is a need to be balanced, patience, and persistent as we await or “create” opportunities for ourselves to reach our goals.

Although the industry is competitive and ever-changing, try not to worry about where you fit in. If you wrote a good story, it will always be good and worth sharing. Do all you can, but don’t browbeat yourself. Find a good support system where there is an exchange of encouragement and advice, especially amongst other authors who may be experiencing the same thing. For me, writing is therapeutic. It’s my first love. I’ve been writing for too long not to realize this is my God-given talent. If writing is truly your gift, NEVER pack it away!

Author Selena Haskins

Selena Haskins is the author of her best-selling book A River Moves Forward. In 2013, recognized Selena as a Top 100 Author.

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