Every journey leading to publication and success is different, but there is one thing each writer’s path has in common with every other writer’s path: hard work.
It’s not easy to write a novel. Period. You have to juggle a lot of plates in the air, and these are not just the fragile, breakable plates of a novel— plot, character’s eye color, historical events, etc.—but also the spinning plates of keeping your life humming along smoothly. Many of us have to both write and work a day job, or cook for a family, or take care of a sick child, or any number of other, practical tasks. We like to imagine the day our first book is published as the day we can quit our job or hire help, but it isn’t always so. To pay my bills, I worked as a housecleaner for years, and I remember many days of dusting my own books on my clients’ bookshelves.
In fact, this depressed me to the point that I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue writing. You probably know the feeling. What’s the point? Why am I doing this? Why don’t I just quit this writing business and accept the fact that I’m a failure?
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