I’ve always been asked whether, at some point, writing exhausted me. This is a question that, as a writer, you’ve been accustomed to getting. It’s a question that can make or break the entire foundation your passion for writing has been built on. It’s a question that you get more often than necessary, but a question nonetheless you know you’d never get tired of answering.
The truth is, it’s not always easy being a writer. It’s not as glamorous as movies make it seem. In the real world, being a writer takes a lot of dedication and conviction to make it into a career. As much as skill and passion are important, it’s even more important to have that dedication to turn your passion into a living.
Dedicating your life to your remarkable passion for words is one of the bravest thing you can probably do as a writer. Writing isn’t just a career. You didn’t get into the creative industry just to have another deadend 9-to-5 job. You entered it with the most optimistic and most passionate version of yourself. You wanted to write not just because you have the skill and talent to do so. You wanted to write, not to boast of your capabilities as a writer, but for the sole purpose that you wanted to move and inspire people through the power of just your words. Art is supposed to make you feel something, and writing is one of the most underrated forms of art that exists.
If you’re a writer, then you already know that writing isn’t just a career or pastime of yours. Writing is what makes you feel alive. When you write, you write not for yourself but to make a mark on the change you want to see in the world. You’re writing about relationships for every person who’s ever felt like they didn’t deserve to be loved, who has ever felt alone, who believed a toxic relationship was the end of their life. As you’re writing about your faith, you’re speaking out to every person who’s ever turned their back on God because of a situation that felt hopeless in every aspect.
Writing was never about selfish ambitions and careers. It was always about that massive impact you get to have to the world and the mark you want to leave with your mind and your words. That’s what writing was always about.