Happy May Day everyone!
Question to all writers out there-- Have you ever wanted to quit? Have you ever quit?
I've heard on loops when someone talks about being burned out, lost, done...they are just done. Done with rejection. Done with trying to hit the market. Done with revisions and critiques. Done with never getting it right. Done.
Other writers pop up immediately to "support" them with-you're not done, you're just tired. Take some time off...you'll be back. Or don't quit. Never quit. LOL we turn into a cult... or The Firm-once you write a book you can never stop...you can never get out...
Truth is one book may be enough for you. Ten books may be all you have. Pushing passed who you are just to "never quit" doesn't do anything but waste your time and kill your creative heart.
So, next time someone says they are done, for goodness sakes, let them be done. Hug them. Be understanding. Don't push. There are real limits to how much abuse a person can take and yes, the writing life is full of abuse. The only reason to do it is because you LOVE it. If you don't LOVE it, move on- no shame-no harm- no foul.
In support of all those creatives who are done, today I am not a writer. Today I am a house frau with a teeth gritting bad back who is going to take one too many pain pills, watch old movies, make cookies and actually interact with my family.
FREEDOM! Happy May Day everyone.