So much is happening within our writing community and I thought I'd share my thoughts on if it is worth it to write and to have the coveted title of published author. Granted, I'm not published yet, but someday I'd like to be.
We fight to be writers. We work long hours; after the kids have gone to bed, after a forty hour work week, after running and exercising, after working a second job to pay the bills, after the baby has fallen asleep in your arms and won't move... etc. It's not a rich reward at first. Writing is hard work and exhausting at times. Sometimes we just wanna print out what we've written so we can rip it to pieces and throw it away - it can be very frustrating!
We write. We edit. We rewrite. We revise again. It's a never ending process. By the time we query, we love our books and hate them. We are incredibly anxious about if anyone else will love them or just hate them.
And sometimes things just don't go as we planned. We get published, but life gets in the way. We can feel insecure.
But we don't have to. Something I've realized this week is how incredibly supportive our writing community is. We are selfless when another writer needs help. We take help and someday hope to offer the same help to another. Writers give and take from each other. I am so blessed to be a part of this writing community and wouldn't want to be parted from all of you!
As a little shout out - we are all gathering together to support Chad Morris on the release of his debut novel while he supports his nine year old daughter, recovering from a brain tumor surgery. His book, The Inventor's Secret, released on March 5th.
Also, Bridget Zinn's debut novel, POISON, releases on March 12th. Sadly, she died of cancer before she could see her book published. Her husband and family have decided to put the finishing touches on her dream.
And, Nick Wilford's "Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew" is available! The proceeds go to his son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy and wants to further his education. It's only $2.99 and for such a great cause!
In summary, we writers support each other, above and beyond. I'm glad to be a part of our writing community. :)