You feel like everyone is out to stop you from achieving what you want to achieve.
Your spouse, who has supported you for years, is now doubting the time you spend on your craft.
Your friends slowly peel away the time you have allotted to your craft, to do mindless, chemical-induced tasks.
Your family--none of which have ever really supported you anyway and told you just to "be like everyone else"--keeps nagging at you to do this and that, that and this.
The dedications to your books were once the list of those proud supporting souls. Now, you feel like eliminating the dedications altogether.
The time you had dedicated is limited more and more like a knife whittling on a piece of wood.
And, of course, there are those who tell you they follow your blog, yet fail to ask you about the book you just published last month or the new cover you just commissioned or the latest promotion--hint, they're not really reading your blog.
There are times when you think Ernest Hemingway or Robin Williams had a good idea when they decided to end their careers on their terms.
If it does, do this. Don't throw in the towel. Don't do it for me or for your friends or even for your family (your kids, if you've been blessed to have them, seem to be immune to the poisonous drama of the other family members and may be your biggest cheerleaders).
Do it for the fan who has yet to find you.
Also, do it for yourself.
Don't throw in the towel. Yes, life can suck at times, but focus on your craft.
The world depends on it.
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