It's the first Wednesday of the month and following the tradition that Alex Cavanaugh has began, here it is, the Insecure Writer's post:
Tonight's post was the proverbial pulling teeth. I almost shoved the computer away and said that's it - I cave.
But I didn't.
Sometimes it's tough. There are few people that understand what you're doing, why you are doing it or why your "little hobby" should be called anything but that, never mind work. But you have to swim through all of that and just keep writing. It's the only way to eventually make it in this business.
Once I dreamed success would mean the publisher of my dreams would publish my book, market me and put me on every bookstore shelf. Now times have changed and the dream, well it's there but it's adapted. I still want that original dream but right now success means getting published by small presses and alternative publishing. It means promoting myself and extra hours at the computer to do that. Yes, the publishing industry has changed but the dream is the same - writing success. And despite all the advise out there, it really only boils down to one word for success - readers.
But to find readers I must write well and then promote what I've written. But even time to write is difficult in a world where success and what you do is judged by how much money comes in. Under a certain bar and it's not considered work. Interesting term, work. Because if you don't have work attached to what you do, quantifying it as a gainful means of employment, then what you're doing is a hobby and no one can figure out why you can't stop everything to answer the phone or go for coffee or take grandma to her church bazaar or whatever. And sometimes those interruptions are valid for I will admit that what my work is, is flexible. But because of that flexibility, often, long after everyone has had supper and settled down for the nightly sitcom, I'm back at the computer for a few more hours.
Sorry everyone, it is work. I am busy. I'm writing a story. It's work and I love it!
Now excuse me - after a good days work, I believe it's time to enjoy what's left of a cool desert evening.
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