Stephanie Carmichael pins down some key points about what it means to be a writer.
The last item is intended a little sarcastically, according to Stephanie. “Writing’s not boring”–or I wouldn’t be doing it in my sleep-deprived time–“but it’s not glamorous, either.” It can be excruciatingly difficult, though.
I absolutely do wish a movie of my book would come out. It might heighten public interest with the added element of music, and by providing visuals for the human conflicts and internal pain experienced by the protag. Won’t happen in this lifetime, though, and that’s the point.
Also, asking what our books are about is definitely a bigger question than it seems.
Being a writer is a profession nobody seems to understand. Do you sit around all day in your pajamas? Do you use a fancy pants typewriter? Are you just making elaborate fantasy maps all day?
The answer to all of these is “usually no.”
So what’s the deal? Well … let me clear up a few misconceptions.
Nobody has time to write
We make time. That’s how it happens. Magic, right?
Pretty much all of us have day jobs, social obligations, errands to run, and various other life responsibilities.
Writing the book is the easy part
You heard me. Writing the book is the easy part.
What’s hard is revising it multiple times based on feedback from critique partners and betas, perfecting your query, snagging an agent even after they request a partial or full manuscript, staying motivated / patient while you receive a lot of criticism and rejection or radio silence, getting a book sold…
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