By David Sharp
Do you ever need to remember why you got involved with this whole writing madness anyway? It's fraught with setbacks and disappointments. Inspiration is fickle. Industry professionals often respond with silence, or otherwise with contradictory feedback. Readers run hot and cold on you. You read books that are leagues better than you feel you'll ever be. You invest your heart into a manuscript and then throw it out there to a world that can seem rather heartless.
If you're unpublished, you wonder how to cross that threshold. If you are published, you wonder how to increase your book sales. If you've won awards, you think about bigger awards. If you're a bestseller, you think about getting higher on the list. The next hill is always higher. But before you cycle into despair, wait! There's hope!
Why did you get started with all this?
|It says here you have a high tolerance for rejection, little |
common sense, chronic optimism and you are fond of coffee.
Mr. Sharp, have you considered being a writer?
I'll bet the first time you put the proverbial pen to paper was because you had a story to tell, and nobody else in the world could tell it. Most writers, I'd further guess, never sat down and thought, "Know what? I think I'm going to be a writer." Can you even remember the point you 'became' a writer? Or maybe story is coded in your DNA. You couldn't stop if you wanted to. If you lost your hands, you'd learn to type with your toes. You wake up at obscene hours to jot down story notes you fear you won't remember in the morning. You may be nuts, but YOU, my friend, are a writer!