Ask an author what is the most frustrating thing about being a writer, and he/she likely will say that people devalue the profession and think anyone can do it. Writing is a very difficult and complex discipline. The really good writers only make it appear simple. It’s a job, craft, and skill like any other means of employment. There is a difference between someone who writes as a hobby and a professional writer. When a person makes a living from writing, he/she must put in as much time and effort as a traditional nine-to-five job, even if they work a day job. Basically, those writers have two jobs, and they must find ways to divide their time to give their writing adequate attention.
No, writing isn’t like a job that requires physical labor. That doesn’t make it less of a job. Most accountants, attorneys, and computer software developers aren’t required to perform extraneous physical labor. Yet, their jobs are very real. Books aren’t going to write and edit themselves. It takes time, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to wear multiple hats. Many people begin writing a book but never finish, and many more proclaim they will write a book but never start.
Writing is an art like painting, dancing, acting, or singing. I like to think of it as the outward illustration of creativity that has been shaped and developed either formally or informally. I write because I enjoy storytelling and entertaining others. I love bringing a smile, giggle, or even cause a person to blush. In a world where so much goes wrong and many negative events headline the news, I enjoy being a part that brings a sliver of happiness. I had one beta to tell me my character was an expiative and she hated him. I howled with laughter and did an air fist-pump. This brought me so much job because it meant I had gotten it right. The character was intended to be dislikable. He was the antagonist. The reason she disliked him was because of his actions towards the protagonist, which meant she was relating and sympathetic to the main character. My writing provoked emotion in her. That is a writer’s success. There is no better feeling and makes all the frustrations associated with writing worth it.
Another thrilling aspect of being a writer is being able to meet the readers. Oh, I know this may sound cliché, but for me, it really is the most. This is such an awesome experience that I can’t express it in words. I’m an extrovert; thus, I enjoy meeting people any day of the week. Meeting fellow booklovers is amazing. Each reader has a different experience. It is exciting to hear how each has interpreted a story and hearing their stories. When readers communicate the types of stories that they want me to tell, the connection allows me to become an improved writer in the future. After the release of Defending the Net, readers informed me they wanted more action and bigger passions. In Ice Gladiators, I responded to the feedback. I do what I do for my readers. But it’s not just my stories I want to discuss with readers. I enjoy listening to them tell me about their lives, passions, and hobbies.
If I’m unable to meet readers in person, the next best thing is when they reach out to me on social media. Now, I don’t profess to be the most computer savvy person. I used to be decent at it, but I declare, I believe all my electronic devices have declared mutiny in the last year. Emails disappearing and going to spam is a regular headache. Therefore, it may take several days before I discover emails or messages to reply to, but I do reply once I find them.
Another fun aspect of being a writer is just learning to horn the craft. Writer workshops and conferences are great experiences. They allow me opportunities to meet my writing peers as well as gain skills to enhance my writing. Writing can be an isolated profession if one allows it to be. It’s refreshing to be able to share with others who are making a similar journey.
Being a writer has what I call happy perks. If I’m having a horrendous day where everything is sourer than the inside of a pig’s belly, I can create a world to escape to on my computer. I can type out frustrations, rewrite real live situations to have positive outcomes, or add laughs to depressing situations. After all, what are books than small manmade fabrications that allow readers and writers to temporarily divert their attention to something more pleasant or to alleviate boredom? In this day and time, many could use some diversion and positivity. Lately, much of social media has not been anything pleasant—filled with death, dying, and ghastly tales. Some people purposely stooping to publishing sensational lies or misinformation for profit. Now, I’m not speaking of any type of political conspiracies or personal views. I discussing people who are mean, borderline evil, on any given day of the week. I have a coworker who never checks her sources before reposting articles on social media. For example, she’d post articles about celebrity deaths, businesses closing, and chain letters. Many of these posts contain links to harmful spyware or computer viruses. When called out on these posts, her response is always, “I just reposted.” She always fails to accept responsibility for her part in spreading these harmful posts. What’s worse is that she refuses to stop.
She’s also one of the persons who read the title of posts but never read the content. She’s actually reposted some pretty foul stuff. When accused of supporting something awful, she’s quick to say, “Oh, I don’t know about all that,” and blows it off as being not important. I know this about her, so I never share anything she posts, even in the event that the information may be accurate. It’s important to be diligent in maintaining integrity and truth.
Fiction allows one to drift into fantasy or land of make-believe with no detriment to others. Readers understand from the beginning that what they are reading is created. It is clearly communicated that the events are not real and the imaginary world of words that they enter allows them to be transported from their real-life problems even if only for a short period of time. Books and stories can offer hope and reprieve. I enjoy being able to create works of fiction in my novels as well as provide self-help tips in my blogs. And feel free to discuss how you’re feeling in the comments. The bayou is a community of supporters.
What do you find most rewarding in your profession? What helps you to escape? Let me know in the comment section. Also, if there is a topic you would like to see covered, please let me know.
And also, don’t forget to check out my new steamy, sports romance, Ice Gladiators, guaranteed to melt the ice. It’s the third book in my Locker Room Love series.
Taz has problems: a stalled career, a coach threatening to destroy him, a meddling matchmaking roommate, and a thing for his other roommate’s boyfriend. The first three are manageable, but the last… well, that’s complicated. Because as much as Taz is attempting not to notice Liam, Liam is noticing him.
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Life’s Roux: Wrong Doors, my steamy romantic comedy about what could go wrong on vacation, is available at Red Sage Publishing. To order, follow the link to http://bit.ly/2CtE7Ez or to Amazon at http://amzn.to/2lCQXpt.
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Finally, take the fear out of rush/pledging. If you or anyone you know are interested in joining a college Greek life organization, check out my special series posted each Monday for everything you wanted (and didn’t want) to know about college fraternities and sororities. In these posts, you will find information about both formal and informal recruitment for both NPC and NPHC organizations. Don’t know what NPC and NPHC are? No problem. It’s all explained in this series. This series also provides loads of information for parents who are unfamiliar with the processes, what is expected of parents, and how to be supportive. Visit Sorority Bible Table of Contents to view any or all of these posts.
Until next time, happy reading and much romance.