Ten Truths About Writing?
I’ve been writing full time for, let’s see, eight years. The first year was FUN! Sure, I was nervous, but I was doing it–writing while my kids were in school the way I’d dreamed when they were toddlers. I couldn’t wait to sit down and type my pages for the day. The books I wrote the first few years weren’t good, but I enjoyed writing them.
Then reality set in. I realized the old adage, practice makes perfect, wasn’t accurate. I wrote every day, but my craft wasn’t improving. Critiques and contest results proved what I suspected–I had a long way to go if I wanted to write quality books. On top of that, I dipped my toes in the social media waters. Getting published? Seemed way more complicated than I imagined.
But I stuck with it, and over the years I learned ten truths about writing long term.
- Writing isn’t always fun.
- You’ll like some books more than others.
- There’s NEVER enough time.
- Promotion is something done on a daily basis.
- When you pay attention to other writers, agents and editors, you become a better writer.
- The longer you write, the more you’ll embrace your process.
- You’ll get a good idea of how long it takes you to write a book. Ditto on revising.
- You never run out of ideas. Your brain is like a sticky magnet for them.
- Writing is still fun.
- You have the best job in the world.
I’m sure I could add ten or twenty more to the list, but that sums up the important ones for me.
Any surprises on the list? What have you learned about your job over the years?
Have a terrific day!