Something I’ve realized over the last…how long have I been writing novels? Three years? Whatever. I realized that the whole “being a writer” thing isn’t what most people think it is.
Saying that to you guys is probably a DUH moment. If anyone gets it, it’s you. Still… I read some pretty awful stuff on the whole “being a writer” thing when I first started, and I’d like to have my voice out there on the subject. Think of this as my response to those shouting for new writers to just give up…
When I first started writing that very first novel (we’re only counting my adult years here, not the atrociousness I wrote as a child), I had this glamorous idea of what becoming a writer meant. There was this image in my head of how the system worked. You get a brilliant idea, you write it all down, make your own little sketches of your world and characters, and the brilliance of it all never fades.
Ha. I was delusional. Or mislead…or both.
So, for any writers out there just stepping into the arena, I’m here to tell you: Writing is hard. It takes more hours than I care to count to just write a novel, not to mention revise it, edit it, polish it, forming critique groups, etc. Writing well is even harder. And, well, the gigantic hurdle we call publishing…that one is the hardest.
Sometimes I look around and wonder what the hell I’m doing. I mean, I spend so very much time pursuing this dream, this goal, that I fear I’m letting it overtake where it shouldn’t. I’ve talked about that before — the fear of wasting my time. I don’t believe I am, I’m just saying the fear is there. It doesn’t go away. If anything the fear grows the longer I’m at this — the more time I spend away from Super Spawn buried in a manuscript.
Being a writer isn’t glamorous. It’s a lot of very hard work that will sometimes make you want to pull your hair out and scream. There are all sorts of fears that come with the territory, and they don’t go poof with publication either. But if this is something you love, if this is something that makes you happy, then don’t let anything hold you back.
All it means to be a writer is that you love to sit down and pen stories to the page. It’s not a guarantee that it will be easy, and it’s not a guarantee that you’ll love every moment of it. One thing you can be sure of as a writer though is that there is the most wonderful sense of community out there. So very many people feel the same way, go through the same emotions.
It has been said that being a writer is the loneliest work, but I beg to disagree. I have made some of my very, very best friends through my writing. I wouldn’t trade a moment of my journey for anything. Every step, every hurdle, every fall helps you grow.
As long as you love it, keep writing.
Speaking of friends…I also have a new review for you from the SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY ARC Tour!!
From Alicia at Slice of the Blog Pie: “There are a lot of things I like about this book: the amazing detail from the Victorian era Philly to the tightness of the prose. “ (Click through to read more.)