Some days I feel down and think, “This is taking forever, this whole getting-better-at-writing thing. And I’m still not quite making a living at it. How much more? How much longer? I’m so tired of working my ass off. What am I doing wrong? What can I do better?” And so on. You know the drill.
On days like these I find it most inspiring to read a biography of a writer who made it. Or watch a movie about them.
Most recently it was Bohemian Rhapsody for me. And although it wasn’t a biography of a famous writer, but a movie about the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, his background (immigrant, parents didn’t believe in what he was doing, had to start from nothing, had to find himself and believe in himself and stop being afraid of being himself) and his life story, it left me energized to keep going.
I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.
And it reminded me about reading biographies. Or books like On Writing by Stephen King, which are part personal stories.
They tell us that all of them started exactly where we started, so nothing is impossible.
WE CAN DO IT TOO.