A CP told another CP the other day to "just keep writing, whether CP #1 felt like it or not." That's not an exact quote, btw.
But it got me to thinking. Scary! Ha!
Anyway, what does drive one to keep writing when the shine is gone? I see so many new writers who are so sure they've got a winner, a publishable book, then when the CPs or editors or agents don't love it as much as the author does, they are devastated. Many of them quit. Some go the self-pub route.
But what makes one dig in, get tough, cowboy up?
Is it sheer grit, determination to prove everyone wrong? Or is it the love of writing?
For me, it's all of the above. I just cannot quit.
Oh, trust me, I've tried. A lot. I get so discouraged somtimes. It's hard sometimes to see so many people "pass me". Sell. Hit the best seller list.
I won't lie. I want that so bad it hurts sometimes. I'm honestly happy for my friends, but I wish my turn would come, too.
I write because I have the need. Like a drug, it owns me. I put it away, but it comes after me, finds me, won't let go. If I don't write something, I go brain-dead. The characters inside start screaming to let them out. No, I don't need a padded room, ask any author!
I wrote the story of my heart about 10 manuscripts ago. I think I've finally buried it with a last rejection about a month ago. The shine is definately gone off that one.
But I think I have new one that's perfect for Intrigue....