Many people outside of my network of writing friends, I am simply a person “who dabbles in writing.”
Kafka on non-writers
They might ask when I will publish- although I’ve only been writing for a couple of years now, but when I say I don’t have a book published yet- they ask when I’ll stop this hobby.
I don’t exactly like this term, but I think in many ways until I publish a book that will be something that will haunt me. It is about becoming a writer, a blog counts for a lot but to many more mature people this is a foreign concept to them. Writing means publishing a book, and it means money. In the end, me earning income on a blog or a book is about proving myself to others. This blog is a way to show my writing to others, and I like to dream big. I think that is a huge thing in becoming a writer.
I get the question of “How is your writing going?” In general, they ask when I have said I wrote a draft of my second chapter. Then they look at me in a way which almost makes me feel I can’t manage my own time. Have you had a thought similar to this one, “I wish I had time to write.” It generally hits me when someone asks about my writing.
I do not have all the time in the world and my day is twenty-four hours long just like anyone else, but my main goal is to write, and become a better writer.
Because it gives me a voice and a challenge that I would not have otherwise, I am a writer, and it takes away from a lot of other parts to my life. It is hard at times, and time consuming, since I tend to write my work out in pen and paper and that takes time to transfer to a new medium that of the computer.
But as with something that I love, it helps when I burst with words and it flows nicely. Same with when it becomes hard.
With all the challenges and work I find myself wondering what can help me. Imagination. Desire. Work. Honest Hard Work. Mostly, work…. but I want to be published.
This is why becoming a writer is a long term process- one no has instant success, not even the bestselling authors. I think it should take me a few months to have a book in publishable form- and then it will take time to edit it. As long as my computer agrees to the process!