Five things I’ve learned after all these years of choosing the profession of writer:
- Almost everyone has either written a book or thought about writing a book.
The pro? I’m not alone in my struggles. There are definitely others out there who know the challenges I face in this profession. The Con? I’m not alone in this struggle. I have to contend with the thousands of other prospective authors trying to hock their novels to publishers and agents each year.
2. Self-motivation is key.
When you’re a nobody-author, nobody cares if you write today, tomorrow, or ever again. If it matter enough for you to begin, you must find the inner strength to continue.
3. It doesn’t pay well.
Until my first novel finally comes out I won’t see a dime for the hours, and hours, and hours I’ve spent here at this computer. And if it doesn’t sell well, a dime might be all I get for my efforts. Conclusion: This had better not be an author’s only motivation or they might be sorely disappointed.
4. Rejections, rejections, rejections. They never get any easier.
Unfortunately, these unavoidable little buggers are part of the publishing world. Remedy: A skin thick enough to not let them destroy your dreams. It also helps to stuff them in a draw and keep writing, despite the awful news, as soon as you can.
5. Edit is not a profane four-letter-word after all.
Looking back on the first drafts to now, every critique I receive has made my writing more powerful and read worthy. So swallow your pride and take that outside advice to heart.