“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?”
That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be.
Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I did it” was a biggie for me and a few ideas below should have been in last week’s, but here we go:
Then I have to say that
1) it is easier to finish a book than I thought it would be, (why I procrastinate is another issue)
2) it doesn’t have to be perfect, (my best, but not perfect)
3) I will never be a best-selling author, (they won’t be breaking down my door to bring me movie-rights offers)
4) There are plenty of small publishers and a million new books published a year; there are too many books for too few readers, but at least, now there is a chance of someone reading works and there is the satisfaction of saying that yes, you are published, but my expectations are very low
5) there are no book tours, big publishing houses don’t even do them anymore. and no one is going to promote except you, and it takes a bundle of money, and as far as I can tell, no or next-to-no return. Horn-tooting has never been a thing that I can do, (and I can tell you that it gets old really quickly watching others push too hard on social media, but I feel for them)
6) the most important thing is that I need to write, I want to write, I can write and it has to be my work; I can’t let others influence me. No outrageous scenes of sex and gore, or even descriptions of clothing and food that are beyond what I deem actually flow in with the story, no matter how many people put their two cents in, or have decided to go that way with their own works and think that I should, too.
There we have it. I write because I love to, I feel compelled to. If I did not, I would not. That is satisfaction enough, even though who would not want to be read, adored, and be considered among the ‘greats’?
Life has many joys and sorrows, times of peace and worries. I can’t let writing be on the wrong sides of these. Personal satisfaction is peace. I need peace. Writing gives me peace and I will not let anyone make it into anything else.