I’ve been taking myself seriously as a writer for about two and a half months now. I’ve had what I thought were successes and what I know to be failures. I’ve had a wakeup call. I’ve spent a boat load of money on things to feather my Tortoise Enclosure. (The explanation of a Tortoise Enclosure in this context comes at around 6:00 minutes in, but, the whole video is well worth a watch and I highly recommend it.)
What I haven’t really done is define the concept of what I’m doing each night when I go into my office and work. I’ve mentioned the concept of “The Write Life,” or my “write life” before, and I thought today’s entry would be a good time to expand on that and give it a definition.
In the broadest sense, “Write Life” means anything that I’m doing that I can interpret as moving me towards the goal of completing and publishing my writing and running my business as an author.
A lot of people who run blogs or YouTube channels about entrepreneurship will tell you that being an entrepreneur is exhausting. They’re right. They’ll tell you that it all falls on you. All of it. Every. Single. Thing. Everything there is to be done falls on you, especially when you’re just starting out.
What none of them can really do is impress upon you how true that is until you embark on that journey yourself and start getting a glimpse of just own much “all of it” really is. I was at that point about two weeks ago. I’d been doing a lot of research on how indie writers and self-published writers were making their way in the world and becoming successful. The take away I had from that little bout of research is that an indie author’s job is about 30% writing books, and about 70% promoting them, maintaining your web and social media presences and managing your business. It’s really several full-time jobs, all put on one person, at least at the beginning.
It was enough to give me a thousand-yard stare and make me ask myself what the hell I’ve gotten myself into.
I still ask myself that on the regular. But, what I’m not doing is panicking about it. So much of life is perspective. So, while they may not be as fun as world building or creating characters or plotting, maintaining my website, posting on Facebook and Twitter, or, ugh, editing, are all things that are moving me closer to my goal, which is to be a full-time author living at least as comfortably as I am now on my work. Anything that moves you towards your dream is worth doing, even if you hate doing it. Keep at it long enough and eventually, you can make enough to pay someone else to do the shit jobs you don’t want to do.
Until then, it’s time to make the donuts. Be well, gentle readers.