It’s so easy to get bogged down trying to earn money from our writing endeavors that we forget to celebrate the fact we are writers! That is an awesome thing, a huge accomplishment and something so easily brushed over.
Nowadays, authors don’t have the luxury of simply thinking about story structure and intelligent prose. Indie authors in particular have to wrap their heads around the entire business of writing — marketing, finances, taxes, promotions, working with editors and cover designers, getting reviews, staying on top of social media, figuring out good business practices…a whole plethora of things. I, for one, am not particularly good at some of them and it’s a real battle some days to sit down to spend time doing the necessary evils so that I can continue to write for a living.
There’s so much pressure on us now. We have to churn out books in order to keep ourselves afloat in this saturated market and it can get exhausting and sometimes a little depressing. It’s hard to watch others rise while you sink. It’s hard not to compare yourself with other authors who are doing better than you. Sometimes, this job can feel like a slog-fest.
But at the end of the day, even if I’ve had a bad one and I come away from work feeling disheartened and grumpy, I must remind myself that I am a writer and that has got to be one of the coolest jobs in the world!
I do all my admin/marketing things in the morning, which means that once that’s out of the way, I get to lose myself in another world full of characters I’ve created. I get to give them a voice and throw them into all manner of angst and peril so that I can save them later. My imagination never switches off and I constantly have voices in my head, entertaining me, inspiring me, making me fall in love. This might make me sound like a crazy person, but I have the perfect excuse – I AM A WRITER.
Even if you don’t write fiction, but are a poet or a travel writer or spend your time putting together advice books on different things — it’s a great line of work. We inspire people, we make them think, we make them feel. Thanks to this wave of self-publishing, we now have the amazing opportunity to share our work so easily with the world and that is an awesome privilege — one we should never take for granted.
So on the days you’re drowning in a sea of low sales or you’ve just read a bad review or you’re trawling advertising sites trying to score your books a little more exposure, take a moment to sit back and really soak in the fact that you are a writer. You create magic and not everyone is capable of doing that. Enjoy this privilege and don’t forget to celebrate it.