Being a writer is not easy. We pour our hearts and souls out, spending hours upon hours writing, editing, rewriting... and in the end we're still never sure if people will actually buy a copy of our books. It's hard to know where we stand when it comes to our writing skills too as one person might love it and another hate it.
There's the isolation factor. As writers we tend to spend a lot of time on our own. Even when we try to involve others in what we're writing they are 'outsiders' and not completely involved in the same way we are.
Then there's rejection. Criticism is hard to take especially after you've put so much time and effort into creating something. Whilst negative comments aren't pleasant, total rejection can hurt. It goes deeper than a bruised ego. A book really is like a baby and getting a rejection letter is the equivalent of showing off your newborn and people saying, “Eww! Put that thing back inside!”
The time factor. Finding the time to write can be a big issue. Family commitments, a day job, and well basically life in general make it hard to find the time to get any writing done. Not to mention the need to market our products which also takes time and with the ever changing technology can become quite frustrating too.
This leads us on to finding a balance. Between life and writing but also between marketing and writing.
Patience. Being a writer also involves a lot of waiting. Waiting for replies from queries, waiting for book reviews etc...
Obviously there is a positive side to being a writer too but it's not all glamorous and fun. That’s why you have to love it, or at the very least have a love/hate relationship with it.
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