For those of you who are not yet published, are you getting tired of explaining to your friends and family why you aren’t? Do you even know the reason? Is your writing good enough? Be honest with yourself. Do you need an editor or writing coach to help you discover what you’re doing wrong? What about a critique group or partner? Are you putting in the effort? Really putting in the effort.
I’m a freelance editor and a writer. Like many of you, I’ve been writing since I was in diapers. Well, practically. And if I wasn’t writing “books”, I was writing plays, and forcing the neighborhood kids to participate in them in front of our parents. Somehow, I always had the leading role. I’m not sure how that happened. *How embarrassing for my parents. Sorry ‘bout that.* Anyway, it wasn’t that I wanted to control the other kids or be the one in the spotlight—well, maybe a little. I had a dream. I could see the stories unfold, and they had to be told. That has never changed.
When I started taking my writing seriously, I wrote YA romances. However, I knew I was still learning and never attempted to contact agents. Heck. I didn’t even know what a query letter was at that point. But, it didn’t matter. I was still young, and as my parents liked to point out, I already had my career: teaching. Still, I enjoyed writing, received many praises for my writing from teachers when I was in school, and was even forced by the university to skip the basic level creative writing class and go right into the advanced class. So, I knew I didn’t suck at writing. Did that mean I was a NY bestseller waiting to launch? Ah, no. I still had a lot to learn.
After I got married and had the twins, I wasn’t teaching and was no longer surrounded by preteen and teens, so I felt it was time to write what I read, romantic suspense. It took a while to find my voice and learn it’s actually quite dark—at least, when I’m in the villain’s POV. But eventually, I figured it out and should’ve been on my way to a successful publishing career, right? Yeah, not so much.
Somehow, I let life get in the way. That’s right. I let it. I moved my editorial business online and was so excited to see it grow, that I forgot to take time to write. Last year, I wrote maybe a handful of times. That was it. Did I give up on my dream of being a published author? No. I just kind of forgot how important it was to me. Instead, I worked hard all day, took care of the kids, husband, and house (with help), and by the end of the night, I was too tired to even think about writing. So, I didn’t.
What about you? What’s your reason for not writing on a regular basis?
Come back next week for more about why I’m not published and what I’m going to do about it.