Well it is snowing here in SC. The kids are out of school and I am doing my best to fill my time writing. I honestly love it. The idea of it as well as the application. I love telling stories. I love being with my characters and seeing them grow and change through the course of thousands of words.
I know that I am not alone. Why else would there be so many people self publishing their works every year and why else are there those of us still sending out the thousandth query letter. It is love for our stories and pride in them that pushes us.
The business is in a state of flux. There are many scary stories floating around that could sometimes discourage a person on this journey. The fact is, a lot of them are true and in ways it is easier to be a published, successful writer and in ways it is now harder. Things may level out soon, or it may take time. The thing we have to all keep in mind is, people will always love a good story.
Keep writing. Keep going. There is no magic timetable, no quick and easy way to achieve our goals. Much like getting in shape, the only way to do it is, get off our (metaphorical) butts and get to writing. Write thirteen books if that is what it takes. Write twenty. Your story is who you are and with time you will find people who love it as much as you do.
Anyway, on a cold and snowy day these were my thoughts. As always, have fun and keep writing.
Here is some pictures of our winter storm.
I think a lot has to do with timing. Of course, what that timing is still remains a mystery to me.ReplyDelete
Snowing in North Carolina as well. Cool!
I didn't know you lived in NC. Woot Carolinas, lol. Timings is for sure important, if you figure it out let me know.Delete
Thank you for hope! I've been working a lot on trying to promote myself, and reading this reminded me it is definitely worth continuing to write. I definitely am rather prolific--as long as I get a deadline shoved down my throat....ReplyDelete
Deadlines help me as well. Glad I could help with the hope.Delete
Writing is the best exercise ever--and no one pulls a muscle or sweats.ReplyDelete
This is true, unless you fall asleep writing and pull your neck or something.Delete
I just totaled it up: I've self-pubbed about 30k words of fiction on my blog since I started it May 15th of 2012. I've been traditionally published for a total of 608 words across two stories on MicroHorror.com. Still, I don't think I'll ever self-pub a novel, whether it's the "better" option or not in the years to come. I'm shooting for the stars and I'm not backing down. (That's not to say that there's necessarily anything wrong with self-pubbing, I simply prefer traditional publishing for myself, beyond flash fic freebies.)ReplyDelete
Pretty impressive stuff there. Yeah there is a path for everyone. I myself choose to try both ways and hopefully meet myself in the middle.Delete
I really loved this post! No snow where I live now but I used to enjoy the snowy days and how they inspired me to buckle down and get to work for some reason. Thank you for these inspiring thoughts. You are so right on in everything you said here.ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it. Yeah we are for sure not used to this. When I lived in Tenn. I was used to seeing this and more.Delete
Writing is hard. I've quit several times. In the end, I keep coming back. There is a story that insists on being told. And there you go...ReplyDelete
Yes I understand that. It always pulls us back.Delete
You have the right idea, Brandon. If you love what you do, just keep doing it. No one ever said the path is easy, butit's worthwhile.ReplyDelete
It sure is. I know that I will never stop writing no matter if I am my only reader or there are thousands.Delete
I saw S.C. on CNN while I was eating dinner. The snow was coming down pretty hard. You keep going with your writing, dude.ReplyDelete
Yeah people drive crazy around here if it rains much less snows. I will keep it up.Delete
Yep, looks familiar! I am so tired of winter!ReplyDelete
it is dragging on.Delete
Snow gives me a good excuse to stay in and read. What could be better?ReplyDelete