Friday, January 17, 2014

Failing as a Writer

At this very moment I am not feeling like a failure or a guppy in an ocean, but I came across this article by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore titled I'm a Big Failure And I'm Proud. The article talks about her failures at a writer. (Failure in the sense of not being able sell books.)

Her article begins by talking about how other writers are surprised that she so openly talks about her short-comings or failures. Warning: the word failure I all over this article. Miranda talks about how she climbed out of the lonesome hole of failure, kept writing, took advice of other professionals and bonded with other writers.
Being a writer can be an isolating job especially if you are a full-time writer. Additional stress accumulates when your livelihood depends on the money you pull in from writing. I haven't quit my day job yet. (This is advice from my father when I used to sing around the house. Anyway . . .)

I would love to write full-time and not have the pressure of having to make money from it. That is why I have the plan of winning the lottery (although I do not play it) and saving a billionaires life (that is why I hang around train stations-not that a billionaire would take a train).  I could save a billionaire's live while I am buying a lottery ticket. Tangent . . . I know.

One disappointment I recently had was getting a rejection from a literary agent that asked to see my work. She was really nice about. 1. She sent me an email. It was nice of her to take the time to do that. 2. She stated, "Good concept. I did not connect with the work as I would have hoped." So it is her fault not mine. Right? The whole 'it is not you it is me line.' I am sure this is some sort of generic reply she has, but I appreciated it. Last, she encourage me to keep writing.

There you go. I am feeling hopeful and inspired as a writer. Now, I just need more hours in the day.

1 comment:

  1. I read an article a few months back - and of course I can't remember the name of the author (sigh), but he was not only rejected by not one but every publishing house he sent his work to. Not only that, but some of his critics (once he self-published) told him his books were so terrible he needed to give up writing altogether. His first book made him sixty-something dollars in like 6 months. He ignored all the critics and kept writing. A couple of years later, when he released the 6th (or 8th? Can't remember) book in his series, he had a huge fan base and had made over $100,000. in sales in just that year. Never give up. There are millions of readers - and millions of different tastes when it comes to books. :)