I will be leaving on Monday to attend a writers group meeting that is 4 1/2 hours from where I live. Someone just asked me, “why are you going all the way over there?”
Because I belong to the group and I don’t get over very often. I want to stay connected and network with new friends and contacts.
The amount of time, money and energy spent on pursuing a writing career is something most new writers are not prepared for. Sure, some get by without doing any of the things I mentioned and get published anyway. But that’s not the norm.
Writers get lots of questioning looks and “whys” when trying to explain what we do. It’s not easy to make non-writers understand the process of writing, networking, social media, promotion, conferences, re-writes, more social media, and more meetings. It may seem especially absurd if you aren’t even published yet.
Sometimes I wonder if I can keep doing it. And what if I actually get a contract? Can I keep up with what might be expected of me? Do I want to spend the rest of my life writing?
I can’t imagine doing anything else!
What am I going to do – open a restaurant? Start teaching school? Sew all my own clothes with my spare time? Of course not. I would write whether I intended to be a published author or not. It’s what I do. It’s like breathing.
So I will keep answering the why questions, put up with the raised brows and keep doing what I do. It’s the way God made me so the rest is up to Him.
Ever feel this way?