Have you ever had one of those moments when you create something and you are so amazed by what you have created that you share it with someone else? The person responds with “That’s so amazing, you should sell it!”
I am sure I am not the first person to be in this scenario. I’ve written stories since I can remember and always someone has pointed to the money to be made from writing. I read a quote today that struck me profoundly:
“Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it… Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side – I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.” – Stephen King
The author I have looked up to since I was in the 3rd grade just hit me again. Yes, it is wonderful to be paid for my writing, but that is not the reason I am writing. Yes, I want to be a full-time author and live off the products of my imagination, but that is not why I write. I write because I love telling stories. When I think of Stephen King’s works they are an eclectic mix of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Much of which has influenced my own writing. I’ve worried about what genre I should focus on and where I need to go with my writing, but the truth is, I just need to keep telling stories.
There is still that reasonable part in the back of my mind that tells me to get my feet off the ground I need to focus my marketing and deliver on the brand that I’ve created, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot add to that brand. Or, at the very least, take a break from the professional writer and write something for me. Until next time folks.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,