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One in every four adults in the U.S. wants to write a book over the course of their lifetime. Of all the people who have the inclination to write, very few people ever start. Of all the people who start, there are even fewer who finish. Once finished, it seems like an uphill battle to get your work seen and published. Everything about being a fiction writer is an uphill battle and as any aspiring writer already knows, there are a lot of roadblocks, lots of discouragement, and rejection.
Whether you want to write children’s books, young adult fiction, or adult novels, you are likely looking for ideas on how to improve your writing and get the tools you need to move forward. The writing community is strange in the fact that it is both vicious and kind. I’ve never been torn down as harshly by criticism like I’ve experienced trying to be a writer; but on the other hand, I’ve never been supported as much as I have been by my fellow writers.
It is clear that the more experience one has with writing, the more accomplished they can become. Writers get this idea in their head that they have to defy all odds, that they have to be perfect and that if they write something it must be good enough to publish. If what we work on is not good enough at first, it is discouraging and a lot of people give up. There isn’t a lot of outside recognition for writing as a hobby or interest unless there is monetary value. Outside the writing community, most people see no value in writing unless you are bringing in the big buck. But like any hobby, it should give you joy and satisfaction by doing the work. Money or no money, writing should be a part of your life because you like doing it. If you are writing, telling stories, ect. because you are looking for the money, you are probably going to be disappointed with the work.