Some of you may have been wondering why I haven’t written an article in a while; the truth is, I’ve been nursing a classic case of ‘writer’s block’. Writer’s block isn’t a physical inability to write – it’s basically being in a mental state where you just can’t be bothered with expressing yourself. This problem normally rears its ugly head when one’s mind is occupied with personal issues; in my case, it was having to deal with being rejected for a job which could have radically boosted my writing career.
The worst part was being called up for the first interview; I felt like I’d done really well, the interviewer liked my work and seemed satisfied with the way I answered most of his questions. It all looked promising, until in the end, due to my lack of a degree or some form of post-University certification, I was politely told that my chances of getting the job were very unlikely. ‘Nonetheless, should you be considered for a second interview, we’ll let you know’, he said. I have a lot to say on the subject of human value being calculated on the amount of certificates they hold and the courses they completed, but that’s not what I want to talk about today.
What I do want to talk about is dealing with rejection. One of the highest-earning authors of all time (a certain woman known as J.K. Rowling) had to go through 19 different publishers before someone even considered Harry Potter as something they would print and promote. If her story is anything to go by as a guide for aspiring writers such as myself, it’s this – if you have a dream and want to truly be successful in what you like doing the most, then don’t let other people tell you what your worth is. I’ve wanted to be a lot of things in my life – at first, I wanted to be a veterinary, and then a doctor, and then a politician. But, deep down, I’ve always wanted to be a thinker and a writer.
I’ve been told by countless people that finding a career as a writer is difficult, and that there are a lot of established people who overshadow competition with the simplest of works. But honestly, after being passed on by one of these ‘established people’ due to my lack of qualifications, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want to do something no one’s going to help you get there (especially contention). If you can truly manage to hone your skills in your desired field to the point that you can produce quality product, then push yourself. Work on it until your arms fall off and your brain’s drained from all its ideas and eventually, at some point, people will sit up and take notice. Had J.K. Rowling given up on her material, she wouldn’t be one of the biggest household names in the literary world and have a net worth of $1 billion. Just think about that the next time you feel like giving up on what you really want to become.