With my vast experience of all of one week as a published author, people are asking me for advice on being a writer. This is amusing because I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m pretty much winging it. Just ask the other Debs who field my frantic emails.
However, since you asked the one advice I can give is if you think you want to be a writer, make sure you enjoy the process of writing. Yes, there will be days when you beat your head on the keyboard, but overall you should like the writing bit. There are so many things in this business from the endless rejections, to the bad reviews, the fluctuating Amazon numbers and the fact Oprah just doesn’t call- that if you can’t enjoy the writing I think you should take up something else.
Knitting is good.
Knitting and writing have a lot in common, both are creative pursuits and you can measure your progress as you go. On the upside when you knit someone a sweater, a project that took hours of your time, sweat and concentration, you never get a letter back saying:
Thank you for your recent submission of a V-neck sweater. As you can imagine we get many sweaters, but we can’t take them all. V-necks in particular are a difficult sweater genre at this time. While we like your sweater, in particular your use of yarn, we don’t like it enough to keep it. To save on shipping we’ve shredded it. Please don’t be discouraged. Others may like it- but we sure didn’t.
However, if you do like the writing, then stick with it. Stick through the bad times and the times when it seems you can’t get a break. I can now say with certainty what I always expected- holding your first book is a thrill you’ll never forget. And you can always take up knitting on the side.
Thanks to everyone for celebrating this week with me and helping me spread the word.