It’s no secret writing is a solitary business. Not only that, it’s a business that by its nature, brings with it rejection and disappointment more often than acceptance and success.
Being the daughter of a writer, I learned all of this at a young age. There were so many conversations in our living room about agents, proposals, submissions, sales, edits and – yes – rejection.
However, in my naïve mind, that was life. Didn’t everybody’s dad make their living that way?
I remember one instance where a line my father considered particularly clever was edited out of a script he’d written. He lamented about that line to all who would listen. Some commiserated with his grief. Others, me included, had no clue what all the fuss was about.
Some would say I should have known better, yet here I am, a willing participant in the family business. Writing stories about people whose backgrounds and problems and goals and triumphs and struggles pop into my head. While I honestly have no idea how so much information, about complete strangers no less, gets there in the first place.
Phyllis Whitney once said, and I paraphrase here – I much preferred having written to the actual chore of writing.
I heartily agree. It is a thrill for me to have written a number of books and short stories. However, the chore of actually writing them is the only way they can come to life.
Now let’s go see what the other participants of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Hop are saying!