Writing isn’t a very good profession to get into if you’re looking for affirmation of any kind.
You can’t do this so that you’ll feel valued, or to get revenge on the people who told you that you’d never succeed, or to show up old bullies, or to get acceptance from your parents/teachers/friends, or to find fame and fortune.
But that’s okay.
Writers simply need to find value elsewhere.
- …in the creative comments of others.
- …in the appreciation of your critique partner(s), who values your writing enough to spend time on it and help you improve.
- …in the personal satisfaction gained from a job well done.
We might not get valued the way others do in their professions, but that’s not a bad thing! I think it forces us to seek outside the traditional indicators of ‘success’, and encourages us to place a higher value on the things that really matter in the long run:
- personal growth
- hard work & improved work ethic
Where do you find value in your writing life? Do you want to feel valued by others, or are you learning to be content with knowing you’re doing your best?