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April 4 question – When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
My Writing life? cloudy or filled with rain? I don’t really think that’s possible. My writing life is just fine, thank you very much.
It’s my professional life that’s bleak. The story that I enjoyed writing doesn’t sell. Someone said the word “synopsis” (And in front of children!) The agent I just finished writing the most beautiful, perfectly worded, personalized query for announced that he’s retiring from publishing to play death metal dulcimer.
The important thing is to keep these two facts separate. My writing life is not the same as my professional life. There are plenty of people who enjoy playing football who have never been picked up by the NFL. There are plenty of people who crochet, or build computers, or sail boats for fun.
We have hobbies, and those of us who are lucky and persistent get to do those hobbies for a living. But the others… they still enjoy the hobbies. They’re still better off for having done the hobby.
So, how do I deal with the professional end of things not going as well as I’d hoped? Throw myself into the hobby. Write something fun. Something for me. Something light and enjoyable.
Respect the things that I get out of writing, even if every last word winds up in a trunk at the foot of my bed.