by D.A. Adams
Writing at its essence is a solitary endeavor, one of the most intimately solitary activities a person can do. If you need applause and cheers to motivate you to create, you should be a musician or a stage actor, not a writer. Live performers have live audiences. Writers spend the vast majority of their creative time alone staring at a computer screen or notepad, allowing ideas to flow through them onto their medium, with virtually no feedback from anyone until after the project is complete. This solitude can lasts weeks, sometimes even months or years, before an author gets feedback on their project, and usually that first round of feedback is from an editor or first reader who points out most of your mistakes. It can take literally years before your work reaches its intended audience, if it ever does.
If you need instant gratification, prose writing is not the creative endeavor for you.
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