What did I write today? ….Does this blog post count?

I’m having trouble getting rid of this belief that I can write a publishable novel and get it published in no time flat. I sometimes think of it like a race, even when I know and tell myself it’s about the journey, not the destination. I can’t help it.

I really want to get published.

I suppose it’s harder because of my financial difficulties. Despite everywhere I left resumes and applied, not a single job has called me back and even my college can’t afford the work-study program this year. I applied for a loan, but I’m still waiting for that to go through. My denial will cost me dearly.

If I could just get published, get something money from writing which is easier than waiting around and for a check to arrive in the mail, things will get better. Or at least that’s what I want to believe.

But if I listen to the countless of wise and experienced publishing professionals and successful writers, it doesn’t work like that. It takes time to get published. It takes time to be successful, no matter how well you write. And then the biggest blow…

It takes time to become a great writer.

I know this. I practice it. I slowed down and started reading my writing books which had been collecting dust for some months now. I enrolled in a writing course and started writing short stories, which I think is great practice.

If I feel like I’m progressing, even a little bit, the feeling is amazing and it can go on forever for all I care.

But when bills pile up, and I read really great writers and how far I have to go, and dream every night of greatness, I sometimes wish it would all just go faster or better. At least, I wish I could know if I’m getting anywhere.

This is why I believe a writing partner or critique group is very important. Even a friend or spouse who is in love with your writing is a godsend for a writer’s struggle. It’s easier to write or work for others than to write and work for yourself. They keep you going for the long run.

Patience is key.

Patience is necessary.

I think the reason there are more successful authors in their 30s, 40s and 50s than in their 20s and under, is because the older you get, the more patient and dedicated you become.

I hope one day I can learn this lesson early from my many teachers (from the books and blogs I read) and learn to go with the flow…

…even when at times it seems like a trickle.