You know what?
I’ve got nothing to complain about. I don’t. I have a good life and a good wife and a good career. Things are shaking and moving. My schedule at Dragoncon is jam packed with some stellar panels. I have good writerly friends at all levels of the biz who are succeeding and doing well, which makes me happy. I have a support network. I have no shortage of inspiration to write. I have stories coming out and novels sold til the end of 2014.
My second book BLOOD AND SILVER won a Bookie Award at Authors After Dark this week for Best Shifter Novel (non wolf).
Things are good.
But today, well today not one damn bit of it matters.
The thing you know if you are a writer is that this business, for all its ego stroking numminess is also a black-hearted soul grinder. It’s a tough gig not made for the tender-hearted. You push yourself and push yourself and you struggle to bring the story you wanted to write to life and it fights you every step. 70,000 words takes you damn near 6 months to write when last novel you busted 83,000 in 6 weeks. You finally beat it into submission and send it out and sure enough, BAM! nobody cares how long or hard you worked, they do not want it.
You know that social media is a time killer and yet you remain addicted to it. You check your faceybook somewhere between 8 and 80 times a day. And Twitter, puh-leeze, you’re jacked into that like it’s your job. Pinterest sucks the marrow from your bones and Reddit, well, Reddit is of the devil. But you do it because watching another Honest Trailer or Super Powered Beatdown or Epic Meal Time video is so much easier than sitting down and banging words into submission just so you can lay yourself on the altar of the rejection gods.
No wonder most of your literary heroes were drunks.
BUT AWAY WITH THEE, DOOMSAYER! ALL IS NOT LOST!
The thing you need to remember, that you absolutely HAVE to remember is that stories matter. YOUR story matters. Success comes every minute of every day to someone and if you keep trying, keep working, keep striving it will happen to you. There is absolutely no limit on this writer gig. Ten Million books can come out and yours can still succeed. It’s not quantifiable. Its not divisible. There is no limit to the writer pie because the need for storytelling is imbedded in our DNA. Humans crave the symbolism, the truth, the escapism, and the beauty of the story like they crave air itself.
You are integral to the human experience and you add to the very tapestry of life.
Make it so.