Writing is hard. Writing with huge boulders blocking your way is even harder. How do you keep going when everything in life seems to point at quitting?
Sherrilyn Kenyon has been there. Many times. She gave a keynote address at the recent Romance Writers of America conference, detailing exactly how she's kept going in the face of discouragement, medical issues, finances, rejection, and much more. If you've ever wondered if circumstances were telling you to quit, you should read her story first.
The complete transcript of her speech can be found at this link on Kenyon's Facebook page. If you're not able to access it, she shares the same story on her blog.
Here's a quote to get you started:
"I am a case study in if you want it bad enough... if you’re willing to fight and believe, you can do it. Believe me. If I can be here, so can you. You just have to steer that ship through the storms and no matter how foggy the day, believe that there is a safe harbor somewhere out there and that you will find it."
Stories like these are one of the reasons I love to go to writer's conferences. It's all about one writer encouraging another to keep going.
Who has encouraged you when you were ready to quit? And have you been able to do the same for someone else?