Yep, it’s dire. Publishing is in a funk and they’re getting miserly about giving breaks to new writers. So why even bother writing? If you’re having this kind of conversation with yourself, I kindly suggest you shut yourself up. When Dickens wrote his masterpieces, the economy was truly death-defying, and people got thrown in prison for non-payment of debts. Thankfully, it never stopped him.
With the advent of e-zines there are new and exciting possibilities for writers that don’t even cost the price of a stamp. Avoid concentrating on doors closing and look at the ones opening. During these down times, stay in more, work at your craft, and don’t entertain discouraging thoughts.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.
—Henry Ward Beecher