Why are some of us so compelled to write? Does anyone know? We string words together, arranging them just so. Spacing, positioning, assembling them in the right order to say what we need them to say and make readers feel what we want them to feel.
I completed six full length novels before my next one, number seven, was contracted and published. That’s a fifteen percent success rate going in. Then I did go back to rewrite one of the original six that eventually sold, and added four more new ones that were published as well. If I have you confused, I’m at six for eleven – I think. Just shy of a fifty-five percent success rate, as of now. My short story track record is a little better. In that genre, my success to failure ratio is about seventy-five percent. Same for human interest/personal essay articles submitted, three for four. That’s not counting the stories and essays that were accepted and paid for but never published.
A couple of my completed novels, one published, one yet to be, began as short stories that took on lives of their own. When that happened, I was at least wise enough to not try to hold them back. On the other hand, one of my fully written novels had to, literally, be cut in half word wise in order to sell.
What’s my point with this autobiographical run through? As diverse as my pathway to publication was – or is, I’m not sure which – any number of other writers will have had a similarly varied experience. And yet, we all do it.
Even given the fact that success in the writing profession is iffy at best. Especially when literary achievement doesn’t usually result in monetary reward. Still we persist. We create. We persevere. No matter the odds.
Write for the market. No not that way, try this. Create the book of your heart, with an eye toward the latest trend. Please your audience. Please yourself.
What is a writer to do? Who do we believe? I have no clue why we, as writers, torture ourselves so.
Maybe we aren’t supposed to question why. We’re just supposed to do.
In that spirit, I’d like to remind everyone about the upcoming blog tour for my latest release. Saturday In Serendipity: Three stories of love rediscovered.
Using the marvels of the internet, my book and I will appear all over the virtual world from March 16 – April 11, 2015. As the banner says, Guest Posts, Author Interviews, Spotlights and Book Reviews, it’ll all be there. Hope you can find some time to join me.
I’m excited about this upcoming tour. And anxious for the chance to properly introduce Saturday In Serendipity to the world.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
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