Yet, most serious writers will spend 60-80 hours a week writing, researching, promoting, and doing the business side of writing. There are few people who are as dedicated to their job as an artist. We spend hours away from family and friends to create and do the business side of things for little and sometimes no monetary compensation.
However, you'll never hear an artist complain about the creative part of their endeavor. I enjoy creating characters, settings, and coming up with the plot of a story. It's like a painter drawing the lines that will eventually become a colorful picture.
The business side is a whole 'nother set of the writing that very few writers like. I find it time consuming and hard to stay focused on. I just want to create.
Several weekends ago, I was attending a conference. Day two of the conference, I caught the nasty virus going around. I was miserable, but I persevered, found medicine, and made the panel I was moderating. I wished I was home so many times, but I knew I had to do the jobs I'd signed up to do at the conference. Just like any other employee, I made sure I was at "the job of the day". You have to push through everything and continue on if you want to make your way in this dog-eat-dog world of publishing.
|Writing Different Cultures Panel|
How do you see the writing life? Glamorous or like any other job?