A while back, J.A.Konrath published this on his blog. I’ve always thought of it as a kind of writing prayer, which is best read on those dark days us writers know all too well. It’s written in his usual brusque style, which always manages to make me smile.
So, little writing minions, repeat after me:
Even if you have other things to do.
Even if it sucks.
Even though it’s hard.
Even though there are no guarantees.
Even if no one else cares.
Even though it’s difficult to be subjective.
Even if you think you got it right the first time.
Even though you hate it.
Even if you’re sure it’s a waste of time.
Even if it’s to a small, non-paying publication.
Even if you feel you’re not ready.
Even if you hate rejection.
Even if you know you’ll never be accepted.
You’re a writer. Act like one.