A Note To All The Dejected Writers
In case you are thinking of giving up, please don't.
How does it matter if your last post didn't get so many likes? Or if your last book couldn't make it to the topmost lists and charts? Sure, it feels great to be appreciated and admired. But let that not be your only reason to write.
Let me tell you, not everyone can write, in the truest sense of the term. Not everyone can truly process their thoughts and paint a picture with their words on the canvas of the readers' minds. You can. It's a gift. And that alone, is something to cherish and be grateful for.
So write on to celebrate the simple yet sufficient fact that you can. Write on for that one reader who always waits for your posts online or your books in the real world. You may not know who they are. But just know that they exist. And in the end, if your words can put a smile on just one face, that, I believe, is true success.
Popularity doesn't always indicate the true value of a work of art. There maybe something you wrote that became instantly popular and yet you weren't quite satisfied with it. On the other hand, maybe you emptied your soul in that one poem, and the whole process of it was beautifully cathartic and satisfying to you. But, nobody seemed to care. While the first was surely enjoyed by the masses, which is great but the second is priceless, for the pure happiness it brought to your heart.
It is impossible to truly know what might click for the readers, but it is important to stay true to your own voice, all along. To truly believe in what you write, not just write for the sake of pleasing your readers. And then, if that happens to appeal to them as well, that's just the icing on the cake.
Not the cake itself.
Stay original. Stay you.