If I had a dollar for every post on this blog about getting started writing, I’d probably have enough money that I wouldn’t need to actually write.
But this is something that has weighed heavily on my mind, of late. I could say a lot here, but I won’t. The short answer is that I want to be a writer. Not just a writer who plunks down in front of his laptop for 30 days each November for NaNoWriMo. Not the sort who likes to say he’s a writer when talking to his friends. I’m talking a genuine, full-time published author. I want to write books. Full-time. And make money doing it. I heard a quote once, which I may have even quoted here in a previous post. But I’m going to share it again. It goes something like this: a person from an audience walked up to a master musician after a beautiful performance and said, “I’d give anything to be able to play like that.” The musician responded simply, “no you wouldn’t, or you would.”
I feel the same way about writing. I say all the time, “I’d give anything to be a published author.” Yet I don’t write. I am tired when I get home from work. I have kids and a wife. I have scouts and church. In short, I have no lack of excuses. But, regardless of which I choose, I just don’t write. For example, I’ve had a completed first draft of my novel on my computer for the past 9 months. Have I sat down even once to start revising? Working on the second draft? Contacting agents? Anything? NO! So, how can I say I’d give anything to be a published author when I don’t even have the dedication to finish my book.
That all changes today. I have time set aside tonight to start my revision. Draft 2.0 is on the horizon. I have set a goal to either submit my novel for publication to an editor or else epublish it myself by the end of this year. That gives me just short of four months. I can easily do that if I stick with it.
Wish me luck!