“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
~ R. L. Stine ~
I came across an article this morning, a sort of Q&A, and the question being asked was, “Can you support yourself by self-publishing?”
An author I’ve never heard of responded by saying she does make a living by self-publishing. In fact, she said she makes quite a decent living by self-publishing.
She then followed that up by saying, “But most people won’t.”
The rest of the article consisted of this author discussing how most writers will never succeed at supporting themselves with their writing whether they publish traditionally or they choose to self-publish.
It was the most depressing article I have ever read…
For a few minutes, I literally felt depressed. I questioned everything I have done to become an author, especially over the past year. I wondered if I should just give up.
Then I got angry!
How dare another writer discourage others?!? I don’t care what the statistics say. If you work hard enough, and dream big enough, anything is possible! I truly believe this.
I think we are capable of anything if we can block out the noise of the world long enough to work for it. So many times, I have let other people’s opinions hold me back. Even strangers like the author of this article. They don’t know me! They don’t know what I am capable of. Even I don’t know my full potential yet!
So why do we let other people get inside our minds and stir things up to the point we stop chasing our dreams?
I don’t have all the answers, although I wish I did. But I can tell you this much. I’m not going to stop chasing my dream. I’m going to turn the anger I felt this morning into the fuel I need to keep writing my stories. And the more stories I write, the more readers will discover them, and one day, my friends, I will support myself doing what I love most.
Just wait and see. I’m going to prove that author wrong. Not only that, I’m going to be sure to encourage all my fellow writers to keep chasing their dreams. Don’t let anyone steal them away from you!!