If you’re so discouraged you want to quit writing, you need to read what agent Kristin Nelson said on her blog last week:
“Where a writer is now is not where he/she might be a year from now. I’ve been to a lot of conferences over the years and have heard many a keynote speech from hugely bestselling authors. In their keynotes, they often will relay a story where an editor or an agent told them it was hopeless—to never write again. But here they are, X many years later on the bestseller list. Uh-huh. Where you are now is not where you may be in the future. Why should I discourage you if writing is your passion? If you’re planning to stick with it, then you’ll work on craft until you get it or until you discover that the cost of getting it isn’t worth it to you.”
Granted, some folks will never learn the craft. Just like some people simply can’t learn to sing. It’s just not in their genes. However, for the rest of us, we have to keep plugging away. If we haven’t had the light bulb moment yet, where all is suddenly clear, we will. The point is to not give up. Keep taking those writing courses, reading how-to-write books, and having your work critiqued by fellow writers. Who knows? You might be a best selling author one day. Isn’t that worth all this pain? I think so.