As bloggers and writers, both published, self published, or unpublished, I think we all get to that point where we wonder: is it ever going to be enough?
Are my efforts ever going to be WORTH it? How much longer do I have to persevere? When will my story take off?
Fair questions. Everybody is asking them.
The truth is, I don’t know how much is enough. I don’t know where you have to be or how far you have to go. The world is a cruel place, especially to writers.
Well, first of all, there’s simply TONS of competition. Years ago if you said, “I’m a writer–I wrote a book” people’s jaws would drop in amazement. “Really?!” they’d say. “I could never do that!”
But nowadays, if you tell someone, “I wrote a book”, they very well might reply, “Yeah, me too!”
Let’s face it. Being a writer isn’t an anomaly anymore.
You know what is an anomaly? BEING A WRITER THAT STANDS OUT.
It’s easy to be a writer. It’s easy to be a GOOD writer. But being a writer that stands out is what everyone is looking for.
I guess that’s your answer then: how much is enough? How far do you have to go?
As far as it takes to make yourself STAND OUT.
Lots of people have great writing skills. Lots of people have good stories, compelling characters, etc. But not everyone is able to put all of those traits together into something wonderful, unique, and capable of being BETTER than everyone else’s.
Take a step back. Analyze yourself and your writing. What makes you stand out? Or what WILL make you stand out?
If you can figure out the answers to these questions, then you’ll soon know how much is enough.
What do you think?
My book, Elithius, is still available for download and purchase here. Lemme know what you think of it!