It took me a very long time to appreciate the journey of my book. After winning three literary awards, I assumed the next step meant getting published in a major newspaper company or possibly getting into every bookstore in the world. It was hard for me to accept that quick success didn’t happen for everyone and particularly, it didn’t happen for me.
Sometimes it’s a slow process and at times it can get frustrating and even discouraging, but at the end of the day, the waiting period is where we mature as human beings as well as writers.
Now…I’m not saying that financial success isn’t important or that you shouldn’t strive for it, but what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t live for it. I like to believe that writers change the world and so if all of us stopped writing just because we have experienced a little bit of failure then there wouldn’t be any future for our kids.
So again, don’t ever give up on what you love regardless of what the odds look like. Us writers must stick together and encourage one another. #WritersChangeTheWorld