For those of us who want to make a living writing, we often get bogged down by all we need to learn about craft, all we need to know about publishing, and all we need to do about marketing.
While I’m completely in favor of doing All The Things to create wonderful stories and send them out to readers, we can find ourselves missing out on the joy that used to fuel our storytelling. After all, it’s now our business, and one definition of business is “serious activity requiring time and effort and usually the avoidance of distractions” (Merriam-Webster).
In 2017 and 2018, I really struggled with the seriousness of it all. I’d been writing in some form or fashion for 10 years, and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. So I started running toward it like a marathon competitor with laser focus on the finish line ribbon. But somehow, while I made progress, I didn’t hit that ribbon and mostly ended up feeling sweaty and exhausted.
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