How Writers Can Stay Optimistic

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

How do you stay positive despite all the rejection and frustrations of the writing life?

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Amy Spencer, author of Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now. She shared advice for all the struggling writers in the audience, explaining how we can persevere in the face of rejection.

Spencer explained: “It’s our passion. Some people grow up and live an entire lifetime without having a passion. They can’t figure out what they want to do, they try to do different things, but nothing really clicks in their soul. As hard as writing can be, it is worth remembering that you have something you know you are passionate about … I would rather being this than hiking to some particular job in some particular office, doing something that didn’t feed my soul in any way at all.”

She concluded: “It’s also helpful to remember that the more you write, the better you get. Always. Whether you are writing a blog post, the fourth version of your novel, grants or technical writing to pay the bills. Whatever you are writing, it is making you better. There is no lost time, there is no lost cause, there are no lost words. Everything is going towards something good.”