I read an interesting twitter thread the other day that talked about how writers, more than many other creatives, are the most isolated in their pursuit of success and happiness in a cutthroat business. And it is because we are so solitary, that the rejections feel more personal and cause us to more greatly question our own talent.
(I wish I could share the thread with you but in that annoying way that twitter does, it disappeared before I could bookmark or share it.)
While I can see the perspective, and agree there is some validity to it, I can’t help but think this isn’t how is has to be. We don’t have to operate alone. In fact, most writers surround themselves with people who understand exactly how tough this business is. We have critique partners and beta readers, we have online communities where we can vent and share. And yet, we still feel like we are in this alone.
So consider this a reminder from me to you (and also from me to me).
You. Are. Not. Alone.
There are many, many other writers out there feeling the same, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Find that fellow writer you can talk to when the next rejection rolls in (because you know it’s coming) and talk freely to them about how much it hurts. Because I guarantee you, they will understand and through that conversation you can help each other.
This business is tough. If you let it, it will crush your confidence and your soul. But together, we can do this thing.