What was the biggest misconception you had about writing when you started?
That I would just be able to write. There’s so much more involved – promotion, editing, phone calls, travel. It’s overwhelming at times. Also, one of the things I noticed early on in this business that sort of threw me for a loop, and disillusioned me for a time, was the negativity.
Lots of angst and people talking like they “bleed on the page” to write. It was all suffering and woe and it beat me down. But because I’m a writer, I couldn’t just walk away from it all. Instead, I’ve tried to keep it more upbeat, to show that SOME of us are feeling remarkably blessed, and are very happy. Even when things don’t go 100% right – and they often don’t in this biz – I still can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
Of course it’s hard work. And very time consuming and often filled with disappointments. But anything worthwhile requires work. For me, though, there’s work and then there’s work. I’ve worked other jobs that were just to make money. There was no personal reward. This is different. This is rewarding in so many ways, I can’t even list them all.
I get to sit at my desk in my comfy clothes with my pets nearby and coffee in front of me – hey it’s a no brainer. This is what I was meant to do. And lucky for me, I’ve met others who feel the same way. There will always be those who suffer for their art. But others are having a great time with this writing gig and they’re not afraid to share the happiness.