Monday, September 21, 2015

The Long, Long Haul

Pew! Pew! Pew!
A fellow writer shared this link about another writer asking a third writer for advice about writing.  It starts to sound like a bad “three writers walk into a bar” joke, but it is funny when the second writer says, "Don't give me a pep talk!" and gets a pep talk.

The article is still full of good advice for writers.

When Tears of Heaven was accepted for publication about three years ago, I was cautiously optimistic and reasonably naive about a lot of things. I was, however, somewhat armored against despair, given years of rejections and reading about other authors who were able to make the transition from "hobby" to "working writer". The process can takes years, if ever, to achieve.

The author at work in his office.
Being reminded of that is usually a good thing, because the tunnel is long and dark and full of unseen bottomless pits.  With sharks.  Sharks with friggin’ lasers on their heads.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s usually a long way off.  Going from mad-passionate-desire-to-write to actually making a career of it might only be big enough to squeeze through.

Sucks to be hit in the face like that, but if you aren't ready for the long, long, REALLY LONG marathon, you’re going to end up on the sidelines at mile three wondering how everyone else keeps running.

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