by Rhiannon Reintjens, jaBlog! Junior Editor for Non-fiction
This year I decided that writing was going to be my main focus. I’m entering competitions, submitting pieces to websites and magazines and researching various university courses to develop my skills. While most people are supportive of this, there are a few who aren’t.
I’m currently seeing a career guidance counsellor and straightaway I said that I want to be a professional writer. But it just went in one ear and out the other. Every time I bring it up, she changes the subject and pushes me to find a full time job, ignoring my hopes and dreams. Certain members of my family are the same. They’re always asking, “Where will this get you career-wise? Can you support yourself as a writer?”
I know they are looking out for my financial needs, but what about my happiness? After talking to these individuals, I feel very discouraged.
There have been times that I’ve locked myself in my room and cried because it feels as if they think I’m not good enough to be a writer. Talking to those that do support me, though, really helps me during these times. I have many friends and relatives who believe in me and are always there with uplifting words. I’ve also found various writing groups and organizations around the world that are very encouraging of new writers. I am so grateful for their support.
Support plays a key role in staying motivated to continue writing. So, in the times that you are feeling discouraged, the best thing you can do is to seek out positive influences. Find someone who will build you up, not tear you down. And remember that although it seems that no one cares about you as a writer, in actual fact there are more people who care than you think.
Rhiannon Reintjens is a 19 year old Australian who says, “It’s been my dream to be a professional writer since I was five years old. It’s never been anything else.” Rhiannon joined the LTC Team a year ago and now has the catchy title of Junior Editor for Non-fiction at jaBlog!