“Battered, But Not Beaten”

Dear Hesitant Newbie.
Dear First-Time Rejectee.
Dear Crushed Confidence and Wounded Belief.
Sod everyone else.
You are not a writer because of other people.
You are a writer because you love it.
You are a writer because it’s part of who you are.
You are a writer because you can’t not be.
Yes, it’s hard.
Yes, it’s much easier when people love what you do.
Sometimes what you write will not be good.
Sometimes what you write will be beautiful.
Sometimes what you write will flow like warm honey on toast.
Sometimes what you write will feel like prying your own ribs apart.
People may tell you it’s unoriginal.
People may tell you it’s glorious.
Perhaps the world needs your novel.
Perhaps the world couldn’t care less.
You may get picked up by a big publisher one day.
You may not.
But you are not here for validation.
You are not here to have your ego stroked.
You are here because You Have Something To Say.
Say it.
Work hard.
Don’t give up.
Believe in what you’re doing.
Sod everyone else.
Sincerely,
Battered But Not Beaten.

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