I saw a comment much like the one above on Query Tracker a while back that struck home. It was something I was struggling with at the time (it wasn’t very long ago in honesty), and I had even gone so far as to email a few of my writer friends in a low moment, “Please tell me I’m not wasting my time.”
Of course, being the great friends they are, I got rapid-fire emails saying exactly that, “You’re not wasting your time.”
And they’re right, I’m not.
If I were wasting my time, I wouldn’t be writing. I’d be hiding from my dreams of being published, too scared to try.
Wasting my time would be doing something that doesn’t hold any intrinsic value to me.
To be wasted, my time would have to be spent doing something that at the end, I have nothing to show for.
If my time were wasted, I wouldn’t be making some of the best and most supportive friends I’ve ever had.
If I were wasting my time, I wouldn’t love it so much.
We all have those moments of doubt, I know. I have them more often than I care to admit. But, in reality, no matter how insecure you are about your writing or how far you go with it, doing something you love will never be a waste of time.
I have written three books and started on the fourth, and I’m more proud of those than anything in this world (except Super Spawn of course). Even if they never see the light of day, I am still incredibly proud of them! Writing makes me happy, and it’s something I will never stop doing no matter what.
This is not a waste of time.