Hey Writers, What Happens If You Quit Writing?
- August 03, 2020
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Let’s say you write a book and get it published. And sales aren’t good and no one really seems to care. And while you know that you write to keep your soul alive, writing to give other people enjoyment is also important (as are sales—let’s be honest). There’s a symbiotic energy that flows between writers and readers and when it works it’s the best thing in the world.
Musicians are very aware of this. I recently watched a concert online that was fun and clever at how they managed despite no audience. But at the end of the concert, the group talked about how hard it was to keep their levels up when dancing—during performances with a live audience, they rode the crest of charged air bouncing back from the seats to fuel their movements.
So, what happens if you quit? It’s more about what could happen. There was a musical group that decided to disband. They gave it their all and felt it wasn’t working. But just before they quit, they made one more album.
By March of the next year, one of the songs on the album reached number THREE on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the Cashbox chart, and reached number one in Canada.*
If you get discouraged, do what you need to do to hang in there. Always strive to improve, listen to feedback, but believe in yourself and keep writing. Eat chocolate.
In case you’re wondering here’s the song: