Tuesday, November 15, 2005
What makes a real writer?
Our resident Problem Child is right. Our website is one of the most exciting firsts in my writing career so far. Most people focus on the first call-the one from an editor wanting to buy your book. But there are many, much smaller, firsts along the way.
The first time I typed THE END. Isn't that an awesome feeling? The first time I gathered enough courage to show someone else my work and submitted it for publication. The first time I saw my words in print, even though I wasn't being paid. The first paycheck, no matter that it was really small. Now, the first website.
All of these have combined to make me feel like a "real writer", whether or not I ever get the editor's call. So many of us who are a part of RWA become focused on publishing with an RWA-recognized publisher. Those standards are there for good reasons. Just remember that you don't become an author when you get that call. You already are one.
Practice saying it out loud. :) Then say it to those closest to you. I've finally gotten to the point where I can say it when someone asks what I "do". That's real progress, let me tell ya.
Count all the firsts along the way, not just the big ones, because they all combine to make you the writer you are.
Angel (Yes, I'm the emotional, serious one. Can you tell?)