- If I need encouragement from my friends, why wouldn't you?
- For all I know the person I'm speaking to is the next JK Rowling, but they haven't yet written their Harry Potter. Why should I assume otherwise?
- I tell my kids they can accomplish anything they set their minds to if they put in the work to back it up, and I mean it. Why would I tell anyone else anything different?
- Everyone's path is different. Yours might involve an uphill trek in the dark with vampires laying in wait, but it might be shorter than the guy next to you who has a flat, well lit path that goes on for miles. Okay I'm drowning in my own metaphor here, but everyone HAS a path, and that path leads somewhere if we keep to it.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive and supportive community we have, I admit that I've run across the occasional blogpost from an agented or published author that is a little on the discouraging side. I'm not faulting anyone. I get that this business is hard, and they may not even have intended their words to come out that way. But I emphatically (adverb alert) disagree.
Do you need talent? Well, yeah, that wouldn't hurt. But you know what? Look at singing for a second. I bet you think that's all innate talent, right? WRONG. Yes that helps, yes some are innately talented, but in reality it's practice and learning that make most singers better. Did you know that only 4% of the general population is actually tone deaf? That leaves 96% of people that have the POTENTIAL TO LEARN TO SING WELL. Why is writing any different? Learning and practicing have made an immense difference for me personally. They can for you too. Again, why assume otherwise?
So don't take a bite of the poison apple, no matter how easy it would be to believe words that make you think you can't do it. Keep going. Keep trying. Keep putting forth the effort. Because that's really half the battle. With hard work, effort, and patience
YOU CAN DO IT.