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.