The Writer’s Life…
I used to be eager to live it. The allure of sitting at your writing desk, pen and paper in hand (or keyboard and computer in this age), gazing out of a sunlit window dreaming, writing, creating…
Then, I hunkered down and got serious about my writing. You know what I found out? That my lofty dreams of being an author and living the writer’s life were just that — lofty!
Unless and until a writer reaches the point that their writing is supporting them solely, then usually a writer wears many more hats than simply “author.” You have your general hats that most adults wear — wife/husband, mom/dad, chauffeur, cook, maid, nurse, employee/employer. That right there means I will never be able to live the life of my dreams, gazing aimlessly out of a window as I write leisurely. Those hats alone relegate my writing to 30 minute snippets of time that I “steal” to get writing in throughout the day. And then there are the hats you wear as an author. Yes, “hats” — plural:
- Marketing Director
- Publisher (if self-pubbing)
- Blogger Extraordinaire
- You get the picture…
Even an author who is picked up by a traditional publisher has to wear all of those hats. The difference? They get assistance with those roles. However, a writer must be aware that no matter what — traditional publishing or self publishing — no one is going to do a better job at making your book successful than you. Traditional publishers have more than just one book to push. They are employing multiple authors, meaning they need to support multiple people. You are the sole person that will market your book relentlessly. Therefore whichever publishing route you choose you will need to wear all of the same hats.
A day in the life of a writer is not all glory and leisure as I had dreamed it to be. It is work. LOTS of work! But in the end it is truly rewarding. To know that my words have inspired someone in some way makes all of the hats I have to wear worth it. And the joy I get of putting fingertips to keyboard and letting the words flow from my brain through my fingertips and onto the page is priceless.
Time to share…
What is a day in the life of a writer like for you? What suggestions do you have, if any, to make the writer’s life more manageable and enjoyable?