Every job/profession has its ups and downs. Writing is no exception. Here's a short behind-the-scenes look at the rewards and difficulties.
- Writers Block / Lack of Motivation: Some days, I just don't feel like writing, but this is my job. Keeping my butt in the chair and my fingers typing is vital. Periodically, amazing ideas flow through me. Other times, it is a battle just to progress the story. Because I've built the habit of writing every day, writers block or a lack of motivation isn't as devastating as it once was.
- Isolation: Writing fiction, is by nature, an isolating pursuit. You are in your own head, generating ideas for long stretches of time. I do work with my editing team during parts of the process, but most of the time, I'm alone, in front of my keyboard, typing. Perhaps this is why some authors collaborate on books...
- Uncertainty: Will my readers like this? Is this character believable? Was I thorough enough with my editing? Can I release this book on time? I am plagued by these questions and more. Sometimes I have confidence, but I'm often anxious that what I'm writing is utter crap and will get 1-starred into oblivion.
- Creativity: I love getting to dream and create characters and story lines out of nothingness. Sometimes, I think of an idea that just blows my mind and makes me so excited to share it. These are some of my best days.
- Freedom: Yes, I do have to hear criticisms and critiques from my editing team and readers, but I get to make the final decision. Running your own publishing company is tough, but I'm my own boss, take time off when I want, and write the kinds of stories I want to read.
- Fans: I LOVE getting to hear from you! Whenever I get a "Loved it," "Great story," or even a "Thank you," it means the world to me and puts a smile on my face. I write because of my readers, and without you, I wouldn't be doing this. So, thank you, for keeping me at this for so many years. 🙂
While I could definitely list more on either end of the spectrum, these are my main feelings after writing full time for the past 4 years. It has been a slow process getting to where I am now, but every book I release still feels like a massive achievement.
Thanks again, for reading my work and supporting me! You, my readers, are what get me through the hard days, when the cons list threatens to overwhelm my determination to keep writing. 🙂