Writing can be a very personal thing. It can be easy to lose yourself in a story and to spend time thinking about it when you are otherwise occupied. It can also be rather easy to enjoy cultivating new worlds for your characters to spend their time and picturing others sinking into these places too. However, it’s important to have realistic writing expectations as well.
You are writing for a reason and it’s likely that you feel there is a need for your work out there. You can come up with a lot of reasons why others would benefit from reading your work, but this doesn’t mean it will automatically become the next big thing. It can be easy to think about the rags to riches stories that get put out there and imagine yourself as the next person in a headline like this, but it isn’t the reality for most writers.
Understanding this shouldn’t curb your dreams of become a best-selling author, but rather help you hone in your skills a bit so you are ready for a real career in this industry. It should get you thinking about all the hard work that will need to take place in order to get your name out there and help you figure out a way to effectively make your mark. This will help you create a path to success that is manageable and achievable in a realistic timeframe instead of relying on a lot of luck to get you where you want to be.
It can also help keep you from becoming discouraged. If you understand that it may take a while and be difficult to break into the publishing world, you won’t be so upset if you are accumulating rejection letters left and right. This can help you really appreciate the successes in your career as well, since you will have spent a lot of time and effort making your dreams come true.