Writing, even as a hobby requires an abundance of dedication. It is something that I had severely lacked before getting the motivation to finish my MS early in my starting it. (Motivation is definitely another important component, but we’ll visit that at another time.)
It wasn’t until I decided that I wanted to finish that story that I finally dedicated myself to doing it. And then after I finished it, I lost that dedication to the craft. I stopped writing every day. I stopped taking notes, jotting down ideas, playing with language, and outlining storylines. And what happened? I lost my skills. My typing skills suffered hugely. I’ve forgotten so many ideas that I’ve had over the past two years of not writing. But worst of all, my confidence took a terrible dive. My lack of dedication to writing began to play with my identity of myself as a writer – an identity which was bolstered by the intensity of my work on my MS.
While I know that this floundering happens to all of us at one time or another – whether it’s because of the disappointment of rejection, the stagnation of writer’s block, or lack of confidence as in my case – I have had to make a concerted effort to rededicate myself to my work and regain the confidence I once had. Luckily, the community of bloggers, and especially those of you who take the time to read this, have been a large part of rebuilding my confidence. So thank you for reading. I will remember you in my dedication whenever that first book gets published!