V is for Value.
I used to believe that once I was published my life would have more value. My presence on earth would make sense. I wouldn't simply be taking up space.
Yes, I was wrong.
People have value for who they are, not for what they do.
Yet, what is our first reaction when we receive a rejection or worse a bad review? Our value diminishes before our eyes. We think we're no good. We're lousy writers. We should never have thought we could write. Our value is worthless.
We live to write, but how well we write, how successful we are doesn't measure our value.
Next time you hear that negative speech inside your head, remember you're not here to write. You're writing because you're here. Your value arrived before the story.