Writing is Life

Today seems to be the first really dreary, rainy day of the summer and I’m missing it here stuck at work. I wish I was at home curled up with a book, or better yet at a bookstore or coffee shop downtown with a book or my laptop. Oh well.

I did another 800 words last night on LUCKY TOWN (any thoughts yeah or nay on the new title?) after I cut out most of the start I had for chapter two, and that brings the grand total to 2000 words. I’m also feeling better about my place in the writing career timeline because, when it comes right down to it, I may never have a career as a writer. I don’t believe the idea that all good works will find a home. If I never make it professionally as a writer, I’ve got to be able to be happy with the actual writing itself. The challenges, the joys, the frustrations, the skill development, etc.

And I think I can be. One of the reasons I was so jolted by my last writing funk was it left me without a direction in my life temporarily. I would go to work and have these large blocks of time with nothing to work on and my job itself is not fulfilling enough in itself and that’s why I like it.

What keeps me going day-to-day is the possibility that I might be able to have a career at this one day. Sure it’s nice to experience little successes here and there, like a short story sale, or an award nomination, or an agent interest, but those can sometimes be worse than failure because it gets my mind off the true goal which is getting better as a writer. Failure fuels me and makes me want to get better and hit markets I’ve missed so far. That’s good. Success can distract me.

So are you happy with the writing?

3 thoughts on “Writing is Life

  1. Well, to my mind, life is life and writing is writing. I’d lose balance if I tried to make one into the other. Failure doesn’t fuel me (I’d be the most overcharged person in America if it did…) the hope of success fuels me. All of this, of course, is just me. Different strokes for different folks.

  2. I think the important move is from “I will be a writer!!!” to “I will write some cool stories.”I am not particularly ambitious towards a writing career, but I do want to tell some entertaining stories. That’s my motivation these days.

  3. Very easy to slip into the will-I-have-a-career? obsession. It’s also a fun distraction, as I’ve found. It’s still a blast writing, but the pursuit of publication can definitely get me off course and cause me to ultimately write less. … Glad to hear you’re having fun writing; that’s what it’s all about.

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