I recently picked up a few books on writing that I thought might be helpful. The one I’m reading at the moment is Writing Fantasy Heros: Powerful Advice from the Pros by various fantasy writers (including Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card). I’ve been very frustrated with my work this packet and wondering if it’s even worth continuing with my thesis because how can it ever live up to my hopes and dreams? How can I create something good enough to finish this program, let alone publish? But I came across this bit in the section by Ian C. Esslemont:
We who follow the path of writing must keep in mind that it is an on-going journey of discovery and refinement. One never ‘arrives.’ We are all apprentices striving to improve our craft. The lessons here are ones I must constantly keep in mind as well. By way of encouragement I suggest you trust in our active fantasy readers who are among the best out there in their willingness to give you a chance. They want you to succeed because they want that dream—just as much as you hope to achieve it.
So hey, maybe there is a chance. Writing is seriously hard work. It makes us doubt ourselves every single day. To make it as a writer, other people have to actually like what we do and want to read (and buy) our work, which just puts that much more pressure on us to be amazing. But you know what? Somebody out there does want to read my story. I can do this. And so can you!