MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.1/17 – Tough Choices
As a writer in today’s world, we are expected to build a platform. This can mean many things. From offering workshops, giving talks, and teaching, to selling yourself through social media, writing posts and showing up in person at various events. So where is there time for writing? Answer: There isn’t any, or at least, there’s very little. It is a truth universally known that in order to be noticed as a writer, you need at least three books under your belt. I can’t get those books written if all my time is filled up trying to take on all the many responsibilities that comes with being a writer in today’s world. What to do?
I’ve had to figure out what to let go of and what to hold on to. To that end, I have decided that first and foremost, I want to immerse myself in my new novel. As an historical fiction writer, it takes a lot of time to do the research before I can even write a single scene. Having my thoughts distracted by other responsibilities, is not going to help me to achieve my goal. So I’m letting go of things that don’t work, and keeping things that have proven themselves to be worth my time and effort. It’s a little scary, especially when many online sources tell you that you have to do this, and you have to do that. Well, I simply can’t do it all. I have to be true to my own voice. And my voice in screaming, “I want to work on my novel.” This is my first love. This is what makes me happy. Just having made this decision, I have found that my thoughts are more focused on my book. It feel like the right choice for me.