I regularly read and enjoy the wisdom of Brian Klems in his The Writer’s Dig. His words and those of his guests are a source of inspiration and edification for me. The following is my interpretation of his “7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass” column.
1. It’s hard. Very, very hard. Period. I’m writing my second novel and I’ve hit a wall. But because I succeeded once, I have confidence that this wall can be breached. I’ll keep picking (or pecking) away until I’m through it and on my way to a good (great?) finish.
2. Editing woes. It’s laborious. Necessary. Painful. Deleting. Refining. Finessing. Again and again and again and again. Phew.
3. To end or not to end? Never an easy decision! Any manuscript can always be made better, but at some point if you want closure, you need to say, “Done.”
4. “Cold-querying agents is scary.” I have yet to do that because I am self-published. But I can imagine that submitting my coup d’etat to a critic for judgment would be gut-wrenching.
5. Aah. Rejection. It’s not about failure. It’s about daring to try. Again and again.
6. Compensatory payment. No one can possibly compensate me monetarily for my time and effort. My compensation is knowing that I have completed my task and that it is a ‘job well done”. But I joyfully embrace any and all kudos! Thank you to the kind and generous souls who not only bought and read my book but also spoke well of it. I.e.: On Amazon.com for “Beware the Sleeping Dog” by K.A. Libby:
7. Many try, but few succeed. Hurrah to all who write, finesse, and publish. Keep up the battle. Word-by-word. Page-by-page. Chapter-by-chapter.
To benefit from the article of my inspiration, go to the May 18, 2015, “The Writer’s Dig” by Brian Klems at http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/7-reasons-writing-a-book-makes-you-a-badass