"Why would anyone in their right mind want to write for a living?”
wants to write for a living. We do it because we have to. Once
we’ve put pen to paper that first time, we’re addicted. The only fix for that
addiction is to type out a few pages of a short story or novel.
The reward is not the paycheck. Most writers will be damn lucky if they make
enough money to pay the bills. The reward is seeing your name on the book
cover. It’s the thrill of having people read the story you have to tell. It’s
hearing from your fans how much they enjoyed reading your novel. It’s going to
conventions and book signings. It’s watching that first story or novel slowly
grow into a long bibliography.
If you’re nodding your head while reading this, then you’re one of the lucky
Yes. You’re lucky because you’ve answered the call. Like any calling, the road
ahead will not always be easy. You’ll have frustrations. You’ll have doubts.
And you might even abandon writing for awhile, only to go back to it evetually.
Writing is that addictive. But the rewards are worth it.
So if you answered the calling, I wish you the best in your endeavor. You’re
going to need it.
This is the final blog in the On Writing series. If just one of you finds
enough inspiration in these blogs to write a novel or short story, or picks up
some advice that helps you get published, then my efforts were not wasted. My door is always open. If you have a question, just reach out to me here or on
my Facebook account, and I'll be happy to answer.