This was a question a young writer asked me last month during a meeting. I couldn’t’ answer the question because I honestly did not know. Human heart is very complex. But I know a writer who is seeking name recognition needs to focus his attention on catering his prospective readers, not necessarily on pleasing his fellow writers, and then feels bad about it when they don’t reciprocate. There are countless reflections on this subject. This reality, however, is more prevalent among struggling writers.
You know your work resonates when and only when your readership testifies. You may never win the Nobel Prize, but turning your manuscript into a bestseller in part depends on you. So, stop feeling depressed when your colleagues shun your effort. Remember, you write because you have something you want to share with the world, including those who happen to be brothers in arms in this long and treacherous struggle for name recognition. Again, that’s my opinion.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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