I remember hearing a song a few years ago that included the lyrics,”If you’re going through Hell, keep on going. Don’t slow down……”
That’s how I feel about my writing journey. It’s like going through hell, but I keep on going. For over twenty years, in fact. In 1991 I began writing a book. A story that I pictured in my mind for years. But at that time, I was raising four children and working a full-time factory job. All too often the book writing was placed on the back burner.
Sure, I blamed the back burner on the fact that I just had too much to do. Too many kids. Too many responsibilities. Too little time. Fast forward to 2015. The kids are grown and gone and I’ve been unemployed for 6 months. My book should be finished and published by now. Right? Wrong! It’s not finished. Oh yes, I keep giving myself deadlines. But those deadlines are all in the past and, although, I’m almost 42,000 words into the novel, it’s still not completed.
I realized that it’s not the kids or the job. It’s not the responsibilities or lack of time. It’s me. It’s just plain old lazy me. I say I want to be a writer. I dream of being a successful writer. But the only thing that is holding me back is myself and my laziness. So, today, June 17, 2015, I am beginning a new journey. I will finish my novel, “Visions of Vera”, and I will have it published. I will earn a living on writing by writing. Every day.
I’ve learned a lot through the years, however. I even had some success as a writer. Very little, but that’s better than nothing, I guess. Back in 1991, when I decided to become a freelance writer, I was given the great opportunity of writing a weekly column for my local newspaper. The pay was low ($10 per column) but getting published for the first time was priceless.
Twenty years later, 2013, I penned my first (very) short novel, “Nicholas’ Story”, and self-published it on Amazon. The book is horrible, I admit. But to my defense, it was written very quickly to raise money for an important cause. My next novel, “Visions of Vera”, which is 20 years in the making, will be much better. A lesson learned – don’t rush the writing, no matter what the reason. It never pays off.
Over the years I have written for content mills, blog-writing services, and a slew of other low-paying writing jobs. I’ve been able to weed out the good ones from the bad ones and I would like to share my experiences with you. If you, too, are a “lazy” writer, I hope that my journey can help you become more motivated. Please check back often as I, not only update my progress, but, share with you my experiences and what I’ve learned.
Until then, have a great day and happy writing!