I often ask myself this question. Why do I keep writing? It is on the days that I feel the self-doubt invading my mind. (It is an invasion, you know!) Why am I doing this? Is it worth the time (so much time) that I spend at my keyboard? The time I spend figuring out a scene to write or rewrite. Researching different aspects to make the story believable eats up a lot of time. So very much time each day. Is it a waste or is it worth it?
Down deep, I know why I write. It is because I love it. I love telling a story, I always have. From the time I first learned to read, I have wanted to write. So, it isn’t the actual writing that gets me down. It is the part that I love the most, actually. I am not sure that I could ever really stop, even if I never published another book.
Sometimes I am a doubting Thomas
So, why do I keep doubting myself? Sometimes, I think it has more to do with the unending task of trying to promote my work. There are days that I feel like I spend more time trying to promote than I do actually writing. I know that it is important, people have to know that you even have a book or two or three. They aren’t going to read them if they don’t know they even exist. Now, are they?
The self-promotion part of this journey bothers me. I am not very good at it. Promoting takes me out of my comfort zone. I like forming friendships but I don’t want to be one of those people who is constantly saying, “Buy my book, buy my book, please buy my book.” Even though that is kind of the point, isn’t it? Of course, I want folks to buy my books. More importantly I want them to like them.
Don’t let us down
The let down comes when you know that many have purchased the books but there isn’t much feedback. Authors need that feedback almost as much as we need to write. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that an author can’t go on without glorious words of praise. Sure, we like it but there is more to it. A little affirmation goes a long way for a writer. We need to know that someone found joy in what we wrote or it touched their soul or it reminded them of something they had lived. We need to know how our writing made you feel.
On the other hand, we also need to know if a reader didn’t like our work at all. I think that I get more out of a negative review than I do the nice ones. It makes me want to work harder on the next book. How will I know where I need to grow if no one tells me?
The lack of positive or negative feedback is what makes some writers give up, I think. So, maybe that is what I really want to say today. Take a few minutes after reading a book, any book by any author, to leave a review for the book. Let the author know whether they wrote something you enjoyed or didn’t. You never know but what your comment gave them the courage to keep writing….
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