Lately, I have seen blog posts by some authors who are feeling down about their writing careers. They want to give up and quit altogether. Writing and publishing weren't what they thought it was going to be.
Honestly I think every writer goes through that at one time or another. As you all know, I was in a writing slump for several months last year. But now, I'm writing every day, feeling the joy in the words that seem to be flowing out of me faster than I can type.
Everyone needs some down time. Everyone needs time to rest and reflect. Our imagination needs rejuvenation. And sometimes we have to align our priorities or shelve our expectations and make new dreams and expectations. That's okay. It doesn't mean we have to quit. It just means we need to do something different for a while.
In most every aspect of our lives we have hopes and dreams, but it doesn't always work out the way we thought it would. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that if we want it bad enough, if we're willing to work for it, and we persevere, we will achieve it---whether it's a writing career or anything else in life.
So, don't give up. Don't get down. Pick yourself up. Write something every day, even if it's just a journal entry, and muddle through the down time. It will get better. The joy will come again.
You just have to believe.