Things you learn from writing – Part 3
Art is tough. Anyone who has attempted their art knows this to be true. And it’s hard for a long time before you start to get good at it.
Logically, it makes sense. You don’t pick up an instrument and sound good right away. You don’t study a foreign language for a week and speak conversationally. You don’t go to the gym Tuesday and expect to see the difference in the mirror Wednesday.
So it is with art, whichever artistic endeavor you’ve chosen to pursue. It takes a long time to achieve success, no matter how you choose to define success. And art exacts a hefty price from you.
Art demands a price and it accepts payment in the form of embarrassment, exhaustion, ridicule, perseverance, anxiety, vulnerability and long stretches of uncertainty.
Long, long stretches.
Before, during and after those long stretches, you will encounter naysayers. People will sneer at your output. Ridicule your effort. They will NOT understand what drives you. In most cases, they will not be doing anything to better their own lives or better their world.
Take a risk. Put yourself out there. Make failure your friend. Then learn from it. Get better. Submit your next story. Prove the naysayers wrong.
You have one thing to do with those negative people–ignore them. It’s your dream. Chase it. You don’t have to justify it to anyone. And you should never let someone who gave up on their dream keep you from pursuing yours.
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You can check out the first two pieces in this series, Allow Yourself to Fail and Do the Difficult Thing, if you so desire. Lemme know your thoughts in the comments if you choose. Thanks for stopping by.