The Path of a Writer’s Life…

Doesn’t always end where they believe it to.

There comes a time in every writer’s life when they just need to step back from it all and take a good look around. I don’t mean at the scenery. I mean at their career as an writer. They need to look at their writing goals and what they want out of their writing. They need to figure out if the path they are on is the one they want, or if they need to tread a different path.

Once every three months or so, I take a good look at my life and evaluate whether or not I’m headed the way I want to go or not. For thirteen years my path was heading toward the realm of traditional publishing. I worked hard toward that goal. Writing and editing. Tweaking the story this way and that way.

I never finished my first story. I set it aside and began from scratch–maybe someday I’ll pick it up again. Instead I started to write the tale of Hades and Persephone. Now this wasn’t an accurate accounting from the mythology, but a fictional retelling based on parts of the myth.

However, as I came closer to finishing My Lord Hades, I realized that what I wanted in life and out of my writing was not the same as when I was 16.

I never queried a publisher, because three months before I finished My Lord Hades, I made a critical decision in my career as an author. I wanted to publish my book. I wanted full control.

My ambitions don’t extend past telling the story in my heart and soul. If my writing never extended past a hobby it wouldn’t really matter to me. I would be writing. I would be telling the stories I created since before I could read. I would be the storyteller I have always been and that would be enough.

Would I like to make money? Who wouldn’t? But that’s not the whole goal of writing for me. Why do you write?

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15 thoughts on “The Path of a Writer’s Life…

  1. lornafaith

    Right now, I think I feel like I just need to get the stories that have been simmering inside me for a few years onto paper. It makes me too restless when I’m not getting them down on paper, you know what I mean? I’m not sure after that…although I guess every writer hopes their books will sell. But I guess I can only be responsible to write the best I can and do what I can to market, etc.
    Thanks for the thoughtful post Stephannie :-)

    • Yes I do, Lorna. I’m having trouble focusing on anything but writing lately. :D Marketing and everything else seems like such a chore. And you are welcome.

  2. I love this post! I agree that everyone should make it a point to regularly look at where they’re at and where they want to be. I hadn’t thought of evaluating the path every couple months, but it makes a lot of sense.

    • It really helps. I’ve found myself working so hard toward a goal and yet it’s no longer viable to where my writing or business is headed. Evaluating things every so often allows me to see this more clearly.

  3. I came to the same conclusion about four years ago and I haven’t looked back. I’m three books in and I love the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction every time a book sells. Here’s to the journey as we blaze our own trails. :-D

    • I don’t think I’ll ever tire of that feeling when a book is sold or someone emails me to tell me how much they loved the book. Cheers! :D

  4. I write because if I don’t, sooner or later I go insane. I’d like to make some money at it, too, but mostly I just want the stories out of my head so they’ll stop bothering me. :)

    • LOL Amen to that. :D

      No one but another writer can understand just how crazy the insides of our heads really are. Sometimes writing is like breathing, it’s a must for survival.

  5. I write because I have to, because I love it, because it’s brilliant because like yer man there, I go a little bit mental if I don’t. And like you I self published because I’d rather four people a month buy, read and enjoy my book than it sits in a drawer while I try, and fail, to sell it to jaded gatekepers.

    Cheers

    MTM

    • Agreed!

      I hate the idea of selling something to publisher, have it sit around for a year or more, only to have it discontinued because it’s not what they want any more. I hate the idea of publishers deciding if my work is good enough for them or not. I have enough people who like my work without their ok.

  6. I have no idea why I write.
    I am always writing part of a book and that’s the only planning I do. What comes next etc.

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  8. Great idea, Stephannie. Sometimes we get so caught up with what we are doing we forget to reflect on why we are doing it. Like you I chose to self publish and I have no regrets. As always, I enjoyed your blog.

  9. I write to express myself. I’m a creative person, and this is the way I choose to present myself.

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