"And this above all, to thine own self be true." Shakespeare knew his stuff, you have to give him that. As a writer, we pen what we believe to be a story worth telling. Then very quickly, we realize that our stories must be cut, hacked, sawed in half and pieced back together to make them perfect. I'm talking about editing.
As I'm sure most of you writers out there are aware, the creative process seems simple. We find an idea. We expand upon it. We write about it for days or even months, and just when we think we have produced something that the whole of the world will absolutely adore, we send it to our editors or agents who yell back at us, "Good job, but now let's change this, drop that chapter, and switch the middle to the end." It's heartbreaking really.
So why do we continue to create? Because we are true to ourselves, true to our passions, and true to our craft. We dream of writing. We dream of seeing our name on a book, seeing our names on checks coming in because of our books, and dream of someone (other than our significant others) recognizing us as true authors.
So here's to us! To our dedication! To our ambition! To our passion! May we all live up to our dreams and become successful in our own way.