Years ago I remember dad telling me to start putting cash away for retirement. I remember scoffing at the idea, not because I thought there was anything wrong with it but because it just seemed so far off in the future.
Today I see things different. As I approach retirement I realized that every cent I would have put in would have amassed along with some interest. The later you wait the less interest you can draw on. The point is you want to start contributing as soon as possible….because you will have more to draw on later on.
A lot of writers, especially newbies to the craft see writing as a quick transition into a lifestyle. There will always be exceptions to the rules but for the majority of writers — good solid writing only comes from the interest accrued from writing.
The next time you sit down to write keep in mind that the effort will pay off. Even if the writing project doesn’t amount to anything the mere effort you put in will add to your skill level. This applies whether your writing is very good, good, mediocre or just plain lousy. Yes, even the worst writing will later pay off. At some point you will look back and say “Ughhhh! I wrote that!” the real writer will look at that and say “GREAT! I’ve improved to the point where I can recognize bad writing!”