What a Ride!



Writing’s a tough business. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. From that fateful moment you sit down at your desk and type that first word, you’ve begun a hair-raising roller coaster ride of emotions.

The high of completing that first draft; the low when you finally work up the courage to submit your work to a publisher or editor and you wait and wait and wait, and finally six months later, you receive a form rejection. Bruised, you submit again in the hopes the first editor was wrong. Another rejection. And another. Each one chews away a piece of your soul.

But you persist, doggedly pursuing the dream of a becoming a published author. You attend conferences, take on-line writing craft courses, revise and polish your manuscript until you’ve almost memorized every word.

And then, if you’re lucky, you receive the call from a publisher requesting your manuscript. Oh, the unbridled joy, the thrill that you’ve finally made it. Visions of making the best seller lists dance before your eyes. You walk a little taller, smile a little brighter.

But the roller coaster ride isn’t over. The struggle for your novel to stand out from thousands of others involves mind-numbing hours promoting your book on social media by blogging, tweeting, emailing, and instagraming.

This constant drive to success is wearing, but there are lots of positives: the interesting people you meet, the friends you make, the glowing reviews your book receives, a second contract…

Is it worth it? Hell yeah! I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. If you have the desire to write a book, go for it. Climb aboard that roller coaster and enjoy the ride.



10 thoughts on “What a Ride!

  1. I echo your feelings, C.B. When I first started writing, I thought finishing a book would be the hardest part. Turns out it’s just the beginning. Hang in there!

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  2. I nodded in agreement with everything that you said in your post. I’m new to being published, but not new to writing – I’ve been doing this for most of my life. I’ll just say been there, done that, finally made it, but it’s only the first hill. The up-and-down ride, the swerves and curves continue on and on… But I’m happy to take that ride, and knowing I’m in great company!


    • So nice to hear your comments, Cat. This is a very challenging business, but as long as we celebrate the positives and brush off the negatives, we can keep going. All the best in your writing endeavours.


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