Today is the first Wednesday of the month and the day the Insecure Writer's Support Group posts on, well ... you guessed it: insecure writing.
Here's something I struggle with as an unagented author: finding the passion that drives you forward and maintaining it even when rejection or bad reviews can bring you down. Personally, I'm not familiar with the bad reviews part, but I've found the query process sometimes causes my passion to wane.
Here's why: After I write a story I become passionate about it. I strive to make it the best it can be and work on it for months. I take months off at a time so I can disconnect and come back to it with fresh eyes. In short, I love my stories or I wouldn't write them. We all do, right?
But then there's this subjective thing. Not everyone is going to love our stories. Just like I don't read every book out there. When an agent rejects my story, I find my passion start to dwindle. I don't want it to. If there's something wrong with the story, I want to fix it. Agents don't always tell you why they reject something, and many times that's because it's subjective. Another agent may love it.
Maybe you already have an agent, but so far your agent hasn't been able to sell it. Or maybe your book is already out there but sales are dismal and/or reviews are less than stellar. How do you keep your passion from waning?
I don't know if there's any one trick. And I really hate the thought of losing passion. But maybe that passion is somehow tied in with the romantic notion of the writer's life. Same as how anyone who's been married for more than two years, knows passion is something that must be worked on.
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How do you keep the passion? Or do you replace passion for realism? Inquiring minds want to know!