Wonderful award-winning writer Stephanie Feagan has a great post about how to succeed in the writing business without really trying…to stop. It’s a great essay, and I took a good deal to heart. Write great books, yes, we knew about that. Quite important. Improve, yep, trying to improve. She really hammers on the “get an agent” rather than trying to get in through the slush, and is very convincing.
I have one wee problem with this post: write four hours or more, every day, no matter what. She iron fists this point. It’s four hours or “no soup for you!”
So, I’m taking a few minutes to write this, and I went grocery shopping, did the laundry, cleaned the apartment, said hello to the cat, talked to my mom (she needed it today), and now I’m getting to writing on MY DAY OFF from my 50-hour minimum a week day job. Oh, wait, I filled out two cover request forms and blurb sheets. And I did a little promoting.
Is that it? I’ll never be able to write good books, because I have to work for a living? Make a career of it, not a hobby? Sounds great. Now if someone will pay my rent, make my car payments, etc., I’ll be golden. On an average work day, I’ll be very, very lucky to get two hours of quiet time to write. It’s usually one. I live in a little place and can’t tell my husband to leave. I can’t stay up all night hoping to muddle through the day job in a writing-induced sleep-deprived fog.
Well, I have two choices–quit writing because there’s no hope, or take the good of Ms. Feagan’s post and ignore the rest. Sometimes you have to find the way to make things work for you, and if it takes me longer, or it never happens, so be it. Can anyone say reality check? Read her blog and tell me what you think.