Look ahead they say. Rejection is a part of the process they say. Delayed gratification will come after a long road to success. All true but I need motivation right now!
Top ten benefits that keep me going:
1. I like having another identity besides the day job. It’s like I’m a super hero – changing from regular working grunt by day, Wonder Woman by night. * Dons WonderWoman cape*
2. I have fun writing! Well, most of the time. It’s still a thrill to see my own name in print, whether it’s an article in a magazine, or in a column, or – brace yourself – on the cover of a book! SQUEEEEEEEE!
3. Writing keeps me out of trouble, mostly. It’s a relatively cheap pastime, it gives me great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment, and the fantasy world I create doesn’t hurt anyone, Unless you count my characters. *Sigh* Alright, so maybe in their view it hurts. The murder victims – yes, they were necessary means to an end. It wasn’t personal, really. Rosanne Winters in ORal Dilemma, OK so maybe her tragic life seems harsh, but better way to “feel” the emotions behind the songs? LIke I said – mostly. MOving on, I don’t even want to get into the scenes with the dragons.
4. Writing adds excitement to my life! What other career can you fly with a dragon, murder a college bimbo, meet an ancient Viking, kill the perfect boyfriend, leave a man bound in leather and chains in the basement for – going on 10 months now, and climb the mountain to a gorgeous waterfall all in the same day? Not only that, but who knows what will happen when I send my babies out into the world. Will it be another rejection letter? Will this be the one that says YES? Will it be hated, loved, despised? It’s a mystery world don’t you know!!!
5. I’m pursuing my dream! What’s more satisfying than doing something you love, that you feel passionate about?
6. I’m earning money from my writing! It’s not much, just the occasional short story or article now but soon my books will go out into the big, big world and multiply the few dollars into mucho dinero. Compared to the tiny bit now, trust me it will seem like mucho dinero. Don’t shout down my fantasy!
7. Research! I know you’re scratching your head and thinking I’ve gone off the deep end. Hear me out – I research things online, in the library, to write a better story. I research things that interest me. Not to mention the fact that I get a strange pleasure from gaining knowledge nad have this weird think for mostly useless trivia. How many other people know the names of the Greek gods, the Roman gods, the Viking gods and the Egyptian gods? I find mythology fascinating.
*Glares at readers.* You watch Cat videos on YouTube. Leave my gods alone!
8. I learn more every day! Learning about the craft, perfecting my craft, perfecting my prose – it gives me pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. Yes, I’m a dork and I like to learn!
Why do I suddenly feel like Evie? “You’re wondering, ‘What is a place like me doing in a girl like this?’ Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.”
Rick O’Connell: “What is that?”
I’m . . . a WRITER!”
9.Writing sharpens my mind. And my wit! It’s an active thing – the more I write the more I learn, then I write more and I learn more. That’s deep, you should write that down!
10. I take pride in contributing something useful and being helpful. Even if it’s ony a single sentence that someone gleans from my blog – it gives me a sense of accomplishment! Every time someone likes my posts, it’s a little zing of pleasure. Every time I get a notice that someone follows my blog – I’m annoyingly happy. (Just ask my husband about how I do a happy dance when I get notifications on my phone much to his dismay!) The fact that my followers have grown to the numbers I have – I am amazed, humbled, and completely blown away at times that anyone would bother to read a single word I say! It makes me feel, even on the darkest days like maybe I do matter.
There you have it. My top ten! Now go write your own!
Write on my friends, write on!