It really took me a lot of time to realize this, but writing is like playing an unlimited game; there is no timeframe, no specific rules, and only one principle: if you’re playing it and enjoying it: you’re winning it.
Many writers, including myself, tend to believe that they should write one book, one screenplay, one drama and expect miracles. No, that’s not how it works. The more you do it, the better you become and the chance for you success increases.
It’s all right to expect to be published and admired. It’s a noble cause but expecting to achieve that in a first try is insane. Yes, there are people who wrote one book and became a huge success, but they are an exception.
Sometimes, writers don’t enjoy the process. Instead, they enjoy the image of themselves as writers; they like being labeled as writers. Writing is often considered as noble and intellectual profession and that’s EGO’s greatest food.
If you’ve ever listened to successful writer’s stories, the majority of them had to face the series of rejections before being published. For some, it took years and for others even decades to become acknowledged and respected.
The important thing is to persevere and keep trying. Imagine that you are never going to get paid, you are never going to succeed and if you can still do it, than it’s something what you should do. Otherwise, do something else, do whatever you like, whatever makes you happy.