For yesterday's challenge, we were to share some writing encouragement. I could've shared a quote, but I actually waited a day and put some thought into what I wanted to say. Writing has been a challenge for me in different ways than most people, though I suppose financing a writing career is tough for everyone. So I thought about everything I've had to do to keep going and stay positive since 2016 when I started writing. Here's what I came up with.
(Just for fun, I thought I'd add in some links to reinforce the 'keep writing' mantra. Check them out!)
#WIPjoy Day 30 - Share a writing encouragement.
This is what I wrote about this on Instagram:
"No matter what happens, keep writing. We all have times when our minds are so tired they fail us. We all have times when we get so burned out or overwhelmed "we can't even." So when the words won't come, go to the words. Read, chat with friends, meditate. When you are tired, take a few minutes to stretch, breathe, rest, or stroll outside. But no matter what, keep on writing. If you have to stop for a moment in time, it's OK as long as you go back to writing."
Since my husband retired from the US Air Force, we've been living at the poverty level. I don't think many people realize it, though, because we've been blessed with some beautiful gifts over time, we wait and watch for sales, and we do all we can to take care of those things. We have to carefully weigh every purchasing decision and decide whether we're OK with the consequences to the budget or not. Granted, we put ourselves in this position long ago and kept ourselves there until now when we're finally beginning to see some hope.
My mother-in-law wisely said or quoted, "You need to have money to make money." It's true at least at a certain point. You can't count on someone spotting your work and saying, "Oh, wow! Your work is the most awesome thing I've seen in a long time. Let me pay you for it!" Knowing that, I just went into writing with the thought that if it happens for me, it happens. Until then, I'll just do what I can, when I can, and in the interim, I'll just keep writing. I started writing my first novel in 2016 thinking I'd be able to publish it in October of 2017. In a sense, I kept to that time-schedule. I did publish it. But I had to publish it free to the public on Wattpad. I can't afford an editor right now and I really want my book to be at its best before publishing it in hard copy or even as an ebook. It's one reason why I was adamant about purchasing my own ISBNs, too. It's why I'm having trouble deciding whether to tackle the publishing myself or hire out for that. But for the things I can't afford right now, I'll keep those at the back of the list. When I can get to them, I will. Until then, I'll keep writing.
I hope you'll enjoy the links and find something useful or helpful in each of them. The last two AuthorTubers are two of my favorites. :)
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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