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Being an Aspiring Artist is Hard

It would not come to be a surprise that almost every writer is an avid daydreamer. I myself have found escape and excitement in the fantasies of my mind and in near constant daydreams. As hundreds of stories have captivated and inspired me, I have always wanted to create stories and worlds of my own. It’s a drive that I can not fully understand, a drive that compels me to write and to create. My mind is restless and my life feels often incomplete if I am not taking part in creating something new and writing almost every day. This is the life I have lived as an aspiring writer. And it’s life I will happily continue to live. But the journey many others and I are on as aspiring writers is not easy and does not come without hard work and sacrifice.

One in every four adults in the U.S. wants to write a book over the course of their lifetime. Of all the people who have the inclination to write, very few people ever start. Of all the people who start, there are even fewer who finish. Once finished, it seems like an uphill battle to get your work seen and published. Everything about being a fiction writer is an uphill battle and as any aspiring writer already knows, there are a lot of roadblocks, lots of discouragement, and rejection.

Whether you want to write children’s books, young adult fiction, or adult novels, you are likely looking for ideas on how to improve your writing and get the tools you need to move forward. The writing community is strange in the fact that it is both vicious and kind. I’ve never been torn down as harshly by criticism like I’ve experienced trying to be a writer; but on the other hand, I’ve never been supported as much as I have been by my fellow writers.

It can be difficult to sustain creativity, cultivate ideas, develop a story, create good characters, and ultimately finish a manuscript. I make it a goal to share and create inspiration to help others write. I have found that by motivating others, I find more motivation myself. I find it extremely ironic that the hardest part of being a writer is the writing part. It takes serious effort to sit down at my computer and get words down on the page. Sometimes the blinking cursor and blank page is a reflection of my creativity, absent.

It is clear that the more experience one has with writing, the more accomplished they can become. Writers get this idea in their head that they have to defy all odds, that they have to be perfect and that if they write something it must be good enough to publish. If what we work on is not good enough at first, it is discouraging and a lot of people give up. There isn’t a lot of outside recognition for writing as a hobby or interest unless there is monetary value. Outside the writing community, most people see no value in writing unless you are bringing in the big buck. But like any hobby, it should give you joy and satisfaction by doing the work. Money or no money, writing should be a part of your life because you like doing it. If you are writing, telling stories, ect. because you are looking for the money, you are probably going to be disappointed with the work.

Don’t Kill Your Dream!

There is only one person that can kill your dream. You. You will ultimately kill your own dream if you let your critical mind win. Don’t let it.

I write because not doing so would drive me mad. But there is an end, a final goal, and that is to share my stories with the world and to do so in the best way possible. This is why I search out the best writing advice from professional authors to build my toolbox and ultimately create stories worth telling and worth reading.