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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Throwing In the Towel?

There comes a time when we as writer’s wonder if what we’re doing is worth the time. Is what I’m doing reaching people? Do they like what I’m writing? Can I continue to produce books worth reading? I face these demons frequently. Lately I’ve been struggling with giving up more than ever.
I’m going through a lot of personal and professional issues. I’m at a point in my writing career where I’m not sure where I want to go with it. What should be my next steps? And in all honesty is my writing any good.
I wish I could share the struggles I’m going through personally, but at this point I can’t. I’m hoping in the next few weeks I can. One of the reasons I want to share is the writer community is so supportive and caring. You’ve helped me through one of the most challenging times of my life. I know you’ll be here for me again.
That being said, a writer friend has been here for me when I feel like giving up. She’s offered me a shoulder to cry on, words of encouragement and honest feedback to my concerns. I’m blessed to have her as a friend. I’m sure we all are. Thanks Katalina Leon.
That’s not saying others aren’t there too. The bottom line is this profession is a very lonely business. You need to have someone to talk to and share what you’re feeling. The most likely choice would be another writer. They know what you’re going through. Don’t struggle on your own. Talk it out.
The bottom line is we came into this business for a reason - a love for the written word. I want my motto to be "Never Give Up".
While I’m not giving up I am reassessing my career and where I see myself in the future.
How do you handle the doubts?

5 comments:

  1. Thank you Amber. You're so easy to love!
    I think all of us -regardless of who we are or what we do, have faced some pretty daunting challenges lately.
    As women we are so good at loving and supporting the world but sometimes we need to turn around and love and support ourselves and each other. It's so important. Any woman with a dream or goal has to be able to sustain herself during the constant friction of the world wanting to take that dream away. Let's help each other hang onto our dreams while the world around us changes and does what it needs to do. Our strengths grow stronger everyday.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome-change your nail polish!
    XXOO Kat

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  2. Oh Amber - I know, I feel you - I'm there all the time. I'm so sorry. Listen to Kat - she is so wise. And if you need to take a break, take a SHORT break, but come back stronger.
    You're great at what you do, never doubt that.

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  3. Amber, I struggle with doubts about this whole authoring thing many times, too! And I'm truly sorry that you're having to deal with other life issues as well. Please take care and always remember you are a gifted, talented writer.

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  4. Big Hugs to you all. I love you ladies.

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  5. Your stuff is good. You are imaginative, sensual, and your sex scenes are hot. When doubts begin to crowd out the decision making processes, you need to go back a read your own books, and marvel over how great they are.

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