Writers: Need to Ground?
In today’s world, being a writer is, I believe, much more difficult than it used to be; there are so many opportunities, so many things to do in terms of marketing and promotion, and, quite frankly, a lot of push to be busy, busy, busy to advance—and if I’m not “advancing” by my own standards, it gets depressing.
For me, why I write isn’t just because I can’t help myself: there is no way in the world I would ever stop writing, because it’s simply something I’m constantly driven to do; it’s part of me, it is me. So no matter how down I get sometimes, I’ll never swear off doing it. Still, there’s another reason I write, and that’s to reach someone. There are short stories and novels out there I read that changed the course of my life, or how I thought about things; those writers reached me and affected me. I always wanted my work to reach and affect someone in the same way.
Recently, Nathan and I guested on one of my favorite podcasts, Dark Discussions—“a discussion of horror film, fiction, and all that’s fantastic”—about the film The Conjuring, and my book, Bad Apple, was mentioned.
Imagine my surprise a couple of weeks later when this post, from one of the podcast’s regular listeners, shows up on its Facebook Group:
This might sound hard to believe, but reading that, for me, was more fun than getting a royalty deposit. My work made someone feel like she was a kid again. That’s pretty incredible.
When I read or hear something like that about my work, I realize advancing—as the world sees it, anyway—doesn’t really matter…if I’ve reached one person, I’ve done my job.
Why do you write? If you’ve been feeling a bit untethered or discouraged lately, it might help to stop and think about what your ultimate goal really is, and how you’ve met those goals in the past. It just might get you grounded and back at the keyboard.
Posted on October 7, 2013, in Bad Apple, Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff, The Writing Life and tagged bad apple, Dark Discussions Podcast, how to focus on writing goals, how to get out of a writing slump, what to do if you’re depressed about your writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.