Earlier today, or yesterday because it is way past midnight now, Alison posted a link to a post to another authors blog containing a list of 20 reasons a writer should quit writing. Angelle also discusses this list in a recent entry tonight.
The list is as follows:
- You’ve been doing this for more than five years, and haven’t sold anything.
- You’ve got some kind of degree in writing, and haven’t sold anything.
- Writing causes you pain.
- You’ve been working on one novel for five years.
- You’re great at starting stories, but never finish them.
- You want to be a writer, but spend all your time going to classes and researching, but never get any writing done.
- You could live without ever writing again.
- You think that writing will make you rich.
- You believe that once you sell a book, it’s a cakewalk from then on.
- You truly feel that you have something important to say.
- You think being a writer is cool.
- You’re doing it to show your family and friends.
- You want to win awards.
- You believe that editing, rewriting, and revision are for the less talented.
- You have a thin skin.
- You think that writing will make you famous.
- You think that once you’re in print, that will be enough and you’ll never want more.
- You think there’s a conspiracy keeping you from getting published.
- You don’t live to write.
- At the end of your life, if you’re still not published, it will hurt you.
I write because I know nothing else but the love of writing. I've been writing since I was a child, nearly twenty years now, and I don't see myself stopping any time soon. I love putting words to paper or in this case the screen. I think it would actually hurt me more not to write.
I know my goals for writing have changed in recent years. The monetary has come into play. I'm unable to work outside of the home, so the only way I can try to support myself is by my writing. Writing isn't easy, and I never thought it would be. Writing is actually one of the hardest professions one can undertake.
A lot on this list can pertain to me though. I have trouble finishing stories, but I can write an article in under an hour. I can have a thin skin, but I'm working on that. I'm learning when someone is trying to help, and when someone is only messing with you with unprofessional behavior. I have been in the business for five years, and I've sold very little. I'm working on that too, and I'm selling more now. Everyone has to start somewhere right?
The difference from a real writer and one that ends up quitting is that a real writer needs to write. They live and breathe words. It is what they want to do, and what they think they are meant to do for the rest of their lives. Some may never get published, and they don't write to get published. They write just for themselves, and that's okay for them. Just getting the words out of their heads and down onto some surface is enough for them.
Others want the world to see their words. They need to share what they have written. It might not be earth shatteringly important, but they do have something to say, and they will say it to whoever is willing to listen. Those are the ones that work towards publication, and they don't write to become a millionaire, but they write because it is what they love to do. That's the bottom line.
Where do you fall?