Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Random Rambling Ruminations

I just have to say I’ve been incredibly busy with life these last few weeks. Work has been killer. Homework stuff with the kids. Every two weeks I increase my word-count and this starts cutting into the amount of time I have to get things done. Couple that with a energy level that seems to decrease the deeper I get into this project, I find myself struggling to keep up with the book.
But that’s life, right?
We all get burned out of things if we spend too much time on them. I have been focusing on this book a lot lately, but I think it’s a good thing. Writing in particular is a bittersweet profession. My current job I get paid regularly. I might think I should be getting paid for all the free OT I give my company, but ultimately my bank account stays above freezing, so I’m sated.
Writing this book is a lot different. I spend all this time up front just writing it. This cuts into my free time, and yes, into family time. It’s a sacrifice all around. 
Once I’m done (goal is end of October to complete the rough draft)  I will have the joy of spending 2-4 months editing the darn thing. This first edit will take a long time and be painful, but I’m hopeful I’ll make it through it.
Once I’m done with that do I get paid? Oh hell no. I have to get it shopped around to agents, publishers, editors, the list goes on.
Once I have found an agent/editor then I get the check right?
Well, possibly. I’ll get into that in later blog posts when I get closer to actually doing all of that.
The point of all these ramblings (and they are ramblings copied and pasted from my free-writing exercise during lunch today) is that my day-job pays me every two weeks. It keeps the lights on, it puts food on the table, and it allows me to read all those fancy Kindle books you see me post on Facebook.
This writing thing is a big gamble. I’m spending tons of hours ahead of time writing something that I have no guarantee will sell. 
But I keep doing it, just like many other authors. Hoping for that eventual payoff. Sure I want to turn this into a career, but I have to be smart about it. Assuming I’m halfway decent, and hire a world-class editor to fix everything, I’m still looking at a 5-10 year process to be able to transition to full-time writing. If that even happens.
So for now, I just keep on keeping on. I write my 1250 words each day, and I post up blog posts when I can. Writing comes first, then the blog.

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