Writers are a lonely breed and when you are down on your luck it can seem the whole world is against you. But it’s amazing how at the very moment life looks at its bleakest – you’ve had your favourite essay rejected for the 12th time or an editor has been unimpressed with your article ideas – something unexpectedly wonderful happens that has you dancing round the sofa. That happened to me. One weekend i switched on the computer to check my email expecting to see my name among the top ten in essay competition results that were announced in the last night. But nothing beyond the ussual notice thanking me for participation. Feeling sorry to myself hoping to receive another mail. NEVER let yourself grow disheartened. Writing isn’t meant to be easy or predictable. It’s an infuriating mix of elation and despondency, triumph and near misses. That’s what makes it such fun. So, even if it seems the editors and judges are against you, don’t let your enthusiasm and determination dip. Tell yourself you’re going to make your own luck. Be focused. Fire off more article pitches, enter more writing competitions , work on your paper polish and edit it. Spend time studying what seems to be working for other writers. Most of all, be confident! Take risks. Network. And believe in yourself.
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