When you make the decision to become a writer, it is never for the money. To even consider that would doom you from the start. Writing is hard tedious work. Establishing yourself can take years. And if you don’t have a thick skin? Well, writing is not for you. Not everyone is going to be on your side. Not everyone is going to love the tale you have to tell. (oh, but when you find those that do!)
You become a writer because everything in you says, “I must tell my stories! I must get these thoughts that constantly haunt my brain onto paper!” At least…this is my truth. And as tedious, time consuming, and heart breaking writing is…it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Well worth it, so this is not to discourage.
Not many will understand you. Writers are different creatures. We live in our thoughts and we know our characters personally. It can be lonely sometimes. And its okay, we don’t need to be understood…we just need to be heard. (and we most definitely want you to love our characters…they are our friends)
In being out there on our own who better to understand than other authors? This was my inspiration today. The writing community is a living breathing entity. It is unlike any other community I have ever been a part of. Sure, there is some competition…there has to be! But in big part, it is a community that wants to see the other succeed. This has been my experience.
We write different genres, live different lives, reside in different states/countries/time zones, but one thing remains constant; we know what the other author feels because it is always the same. ANXIETY, VULNERABILITY, HOPE, DETERMINATION, and when we succeed? RELIEF, JOY, APPRECIATED.
I have many author friends that I have learned to lean on. This is not so that they can do my job, but so that I can depend on them for their encouragement. It is vital to remain positive and that encouragement keeps me going. I hope that my encouragement keeps them going, too. I find fulfillment in the success of my friends. I know I’m not the only one.
We’re not in a race. Writing is an art and all art should be preserved.
Speaking of author friends…my friend Sarah Noffke and I are both up for Trailer of the Year on a group we belong to Book Trailers-Check Them Out. Its funny because even if we are both up for the honor, we find ourselves cheering for each other. I love that! Where else can you find that? Mrs. Noffke has been responsible for encouraging me on many occasions.
I am thankful for her. I am also thankful for many others. If you check my page, you will see there are links to the pages of other author friends who have inspired, helped, and befriended me. I am really a lucky girl.