Today I realized that there is no choice – I have to finish my book. Otherwise I’ll be letting countless people down. Friends and family who believe in me, despite the odds. People who take for granted there will be a book. I have to finish, if for no other reason than to live up to their expectations. There really is no other option.
It’s amazing to me to discover how many people in my life have a stronger belief in my abilities than I do. In the solitary world of the writer, I often forget that. And then an old friend steps in to remind me that my writing is not just mine alone – there are many others vested in my success.
So, Jenny, as much as it might embarrass you to be singled you out, thank you. For reminding me that I’m not alone in this crazy dream, no matter how alone it feels. For reminding me yet again how blessed I am to have so many wonderful friends, and to have such a wonderful support system. For making me want to succeed.
I don’t care how successful a writer is. We all need to have a support system. A support system with people out there waiting anxiously for our masterpieces. A support system full of people who truly care whether we make it or not, who truly care about our work.
If you are a writer but don’t feel supported in your work, you really should rethink your relationships. Because if you are a writer, you need to feel safe and loved and believed in. Period. There are too many rejections on a daily basis to do it alone. So hold tight to those people who support you in your dreams. And dump the ones who don’t.
Maybe that sounds harsh to you. But what you are doing is important. Trust it. Believe in it. And when someone else believes in you, cherish that, and honor it. There is no greater gift.