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When Discouragement Calls Your Name

PennySome things make life as a writer worthwhile despite the struggles. You win a contest, find an agent and land a contract. You launch your book with parties, signings and interviews – all with you, the author, at center. You’re sought after as a speaker. People remember your name. You begin to feel like someone who won a coin toss.

But sometimes, just when you grow comfortable, the coin flips. You can’t sell your next proposal, your relationship with your agent takes a nosedive or a contract falls through.  Someone else gets that speaking engagement or a prominent reviewer shreds your book. It’s easy at such moments to want to chuck it all.


It’s not my intent to make light of your pain. Discouragement hurts. But these low points provide the opportunity to stretch and grow. If you lose faith in yourself, how will anyone else believe in you? Don’t look to others for validation and permission. Others will most often tell you what you can’t do. Don’t listen to the voice of discouragement and, whatever you do, don’t join in.

Whichever way the coin tosses, believe in yourself.

Written by Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

4 thoughts on “When Discouragement Calls Your Name”

  1. Thank you for the reminder that I’m in control of how I respond or react to situations (and which voice I listen to). I think if we dwell on what we consider our failures, disappointment turns into discouragement — and that can cause us to let go of our dreams. Remembering our successes and why we chose this writing life can help us push through the low places and bring us back to solid ground.

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