I am part of a writing group on facebook. A wonderful place where I can get insight on writing, submit pieces for critique if needed. That sort of thing.
Out of curiosity, I made a post inquiring how many people were making a living writing. Needless to say, there weren’t many. Some were writing copy, one was a ghostwriter. maybe a few were making a substantial amount from writing-related things such as editing(one was making 6 figures at her job and had not yet replaced it with book writing).
I also ran into comments from some people who seemed to think a writer couldn’t make a living as an author. Some seemed to think that unless a writer is selling millions of books, or making seven figures, they aren’t successful.
I took a long break from writing regularly after my father passed away. He was a big part of my endeavor to build a writing career. He was also my initial editor and reader, and next to my wife was my biggest supporter. He helped me immensely with my first 2 books. When he died, I stopped trying.
It took a long time to get the fire burning again, but the great thing about being human is that we get to start over, to try again. To remake what was broken. (Ok, that last bit was from Lord of the Rings.)
By now you may have some questions. I will try to answer them in no particular order, and one at a time.
I don’t get it. What’s the point?
Well, the point is I’m a glutton for punishment. I Intend to prove them wrong.
How are you going to do that?
I made a plan, which I’ll explain in another blog post. The short of it is, I’m going to write more books, and fast.
This is dumb. You can’t just leave me hanging like that.
Okay, okay. This isn’t technically a question, you know. I’ll give you the gist, then I’ll detail it in another blog post. First off my plan is to build an audience and prepare for a book launch. I want to re-launch my book, confessor, but only after I establish myself. I need to grow my online presence, set up a web page, and start building a mailing list. I also need to write, write, write.
What makes you think you can make a living writing? What makes you so special?
That’s two questions. didn’t I say one at a time?
Sure you are. I think I can make a living because I’m an egotistical prick. That was a joke. I think I can make a living writing because I believe that I can. I also don’t like being told no. That just pisses me off. I’m stubborn and hard-headed, and I refuse to lose. Besides, its a dream of mine. Dreams are good, right?
I guess so. What else are you going to do?
Document. I’m going to document everything.
Why? are you a glutton for punishment? Aren’t you afraid of showing your failures to the world?
Of course. Why wouldn’t I be? I’m doing it because it will be a good incentive not to quit. Sometimes, if you tell a bunch of people what your plans are, they will support you. or at the very least, give you crap if you want to quit. Say things like, “dude, you told the whole world you were going to make a living writing. are you some kind of moron?” or something like that.
I don’t know. Sounds pretty dumb to me.
That’s okay. You’re like all the other people out there telling me what I can and can’t do. I’m jumping in feet first. Again. Also, talking to myself is healthy. I promise.
But answering questions you ask yourself isn’t.
Shut up. Not you. I was talking to myself.