I would not want you to think that my life as a novelist is all wine and roses, so I made a list of my top 10 truths (and sometimes worries) as a writer. These are probably the things that I should be blogging about more often:
1) I experience self-doubt when it comes to writing. Everything I write could be better. I am never fully satisfied with my work, even after it goes to press.
2) I took almost a year off from the publishing world to write better, live better, and reconnect with myself, God, and family while my fellow writers were busy writing and publishing more books. I do think I write better now, am living better, and am closer to God, but occasionally 10 percent of me wakes up in the middle of the night wondering if my break will be bad for my career. I’m still glad I took that break because it was good for my heart, my family, and for figuring out the direction I want to take as a writer, but that 10 percent of me…
3) I have been writing a “secret” book for a year. It’s the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me as a writer, but it is such a departure for me that I wonder if I can pull it off. My agent knows about it, so I’m not being completely rebellious, but it IS different from my other work. I’m 10k from the end.
4) I’m also writing a book that isn’t a departure for me, except that I hope it is better, that my daughter loves. The fact that she wants to see it published inspires me more than the chance that it might get published.
5) I don’t make a living as a writer. I freelance for a gospel music magazine sometimes and in the middle of that and fiction writing, I do write-for-hire projects under a secret pen name. My husband’s income is our primary bread and butter. It is difficult to make a living as a writer, so don’t quit your day job just for writing.
6) Even though I know better, I still sneak over and look at my Amazon sales rankings at least once a month. It gives me a headache, especially since my books have already been out for a few years.
7) I am a Christian and how my characters deal with faith is a theme, but I gladly own the fact that I am purposeful about writing for Christians, as well as Not-Christians who don’t read in the CBA market. This is sometimes not “cool” to admit if you write in Christian circles, but it’s just the truth. Thankfully there are those who feel the same way or at least respect this outlook and are supportive. That’s the true Christian spirit among writers of faith, if you ask me.
8 ) I wish I lived on a small farm, just big enough for a garden, some chickens, some horses, maybe some cows, but mostly a big garden. I buy organic and natural groceries when I can. I care about the environment. I love nature. I’m not sure what this has to do with me as a writer, except that I think it’s why a natural setting is so much a part of my novels.
9) I drink WAY too much coffee, so if it is after 9:00 am I switch to decaf, unless I am at the library cafe or Starbucks. I won’t pay 3 or 4 bucks for decaf.
10) Writing is one of the biggest parts of my life, but it is not my life. A life needs to consist of many parts in order to be happy, and in order for you to become a better writer.