"If you're going through hell, keep going."
"Rome wasn't built in a day."
"You can't edit a blank page."
Writing is hard work. Becoming a published writer is even harder. I say this with 10 years of experience, and it doesn't get much easier. Conceiving a story, drafting it, struggling to revise it, and finding a published home for it can sometimes feel like you're pulling your eyelashes out one by one. It's frustrating. It's painful. There are many times when you simply feel like everything is shit, like you might as well give up, like you are never ever going to publish this book and then, if by some miracle you DO publish it, no one will read it. Or no one will like it.
Have faith. I'm here to tell you to keep going. There are a litany of best-selling authors throughout time who have felt exactly the same way. Know that feeling discouraged is par for the course. Also know that if you give up now, you will never see that story published. Believe in your ideas and your efforts. Learn as much as you can from other authors. Take classes. Read well-written books.
That picture below is my collection of rejection letters from editors and agents, when I was just starting out in the fiction writing business. I stopped counting them a while ago, but I think there are close to 100. I kept them so that now, when I look at the 15 books I have published so far, and the USA Today Bestselling Author title on my book covers and on my website, I remember my journey. This is for all of you who have yet to publish, who might be frustrated with your own rejection letters that might seem never-ending. Keep on keeping on.
You can do it.