This one happens frequently to most writers I think. It’s where one loses hope of ever “making it”. Sometimes authors don’t. Most authors have to have another job to live in this world. Only a few very fortunate ones don’t. Whereas it would be absolutely awesome to one day be one of those authors, we are proud of what we have accomplished so far. It’s easy to lose hope and give up. We don’t plan to ever give up. We’re going to keep writing and presenting our work to the public. Why? Because it’s what we love to do. Writing is our passion. It was what we were meant to do. Even if we never make it big, we are still doing what we want to do. That’s important to us.
Yes, it would be easier to throw in the towel and refuse to ever write again. I think that would be more devastating to us than continuing to put ourselves out there for the world to see and not seeing the results we want to. We have sold enough books on occasion to buy a few things for ourselves. That in of itself is awesome and so rewarding. Can we live off our writing? No. Not yet. But there is always the hope of being able to do so. We know that being an author, especially an independent author, is rough. We are independent authors. If we don’t do the work to sell our books, there isn’t anyone else to do so. However, with hard work comes two things: Perseverance and Confidence. It also teaches you what does and doesn’t work for you. What might work for one person might not necessarily work for you.
For most people, nothing comes easily in this world without hard work. Things aren’t just handed to you. Sometimes, it seems the world has forgotten this and just expects handouts. We personally know several people like this and, well, they annoy us to no end.
Hope is awesome. It’s a great motivator. It falls in line with the “what if” question. One just never knows what may or may not happen. One certainly won’t know what could happen if they never try. Hard work and hope, in our opinion, goes hand in hand.
Don’t lose your hope, even if something doesn’t work out the way you had planned. Just keep trying because you never know…