It is very hard being a writer, a musician, or artist…what are the rewards? Unless you make some dramatic breakthrough, you are stuck in some kind of limbo…among many others just like you.
A writer’s objective is to be published…you send your precious manuscript, you have slaved over, perfecting each chapter, each sentence, each word, far and wide. Rejection letters arrive on your doorstep, unwanted like a bout of flue, each one like a stab in the heart, each one drains away your self belief in your work.
At last a window opens, a small publisher says they would like to publish your precious manuscript…but this is only the start of it…If you are published but nobody is paying any attention to your book what then? There’s depressing reading seeing your Amazon ranking…Favorable book reviews give you a lift, but to get genuine readers to give a review is hard going.
Being a musician to be heard you don’t necessarily have to have a record contract, you can post your songs on soundcloud or similar sites. You can do gigs, but then only a handful of enthusiastic friends show up…but will they come to your next gig, friend’s loyalty can go far, but even this has limits. All those hit songs, you thought you had written, you are confined to anonymity.
As a painter, you love painting, it is almost a necessity for you, but when your paintings are finished, what to do with them? You need to find a gallery owner who is interested in your type of work. You can post images of your work on facebook, start a website with your work., but your work gets put in the back of a cupboard, soon to be unseen and forgotten, a film of dust gathering, as they fester.
Whatever form of creativity you are into, unless you are blessed with good fortune, are miraculously discovered, your lack of recognition will remain a constant thorn in your side
Francis H Powell is a writer. His recently published book is Flight of Destiny, a book of 22 short stories.
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