They stupidly fling themselves into light fixtures (bonk bonk bonk) and eat holes in your clothes!
Hmm. Maybe that's just me after too many martini's.
I've been watching "Lost" on Netflix. Never watched it before (yes, I'm a little behind the times, I realize).
Episode seven is appropriately titled "The Moth". One of the characters, Charlie - heroine addict and former rock band member (who was also a hobbit) - is running low on his stash. Being trapped on an island apparently makes it difficult to get in touch with ones dealer. Another character, Locke - very wise sage like person - takes Charlie's drugs from him, and when Charlie asks for them back he shows him a moth cocoon.
The cocoon is made of a very durable material, thereby making the moth struggle to break free once it has metamorphasized (is that a word?). But the struggle serves a purpose. Without the struggle, the moths survival would be limited. It would not be strong enough to live in the real world. The effort to break free is what makes it strong and able to survive.
So are you, little writer, struggling to put words on a page. Struggling to make it through fifty to one hundred thousand plus words in a rough draft. Struggling to revise and turn it into something saleable. Struggling to write a query that doesn't completely suck. Struggling to find a perfect match (i.e. agent). And then publisher. And then doing it all over again if it doesn't work the first time. Or the second. Or the third.
And yeah, it kinda sucks sometimes. And other times it's a rush (like you're the junkie or something). And it can be hard.
But, my friends, it's worth it.
The struggle will turn you into a strong moth and you will survive in the reality of the publishing world and thrive in a way that would have been impossible had the journey been easy.
So keep up the struggle, my friends, because it's a jungle out there and only the strong survive.