So you want to be a writer? Commiserations and sympathies. No, honestly, I’m just joking. A little bit. Well, here’s a list of things that you’ve got to look forward to.
- Raking in money by the bucket-load. So much dosh you won’t know what to do with it.
- Meeting plenty of famous people when your book becomes a NYT best seller. And it will.
- Parties, cocktail shows, movie premieres where you rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
- Hot young men in various states of undress pandering to your every whim.
- Clothing from designers desperate to have you wear and showcase their latest creations.
- A house in the country, with its own lake on which swans glide and another apartment in the city for those times when you need a bit more of a rush and a faster pace of life.
- Fans swarming you by the thousands when you walk down the street, offering you everything from pretzels, sex and their first born.
Excuse me. Someone’s interrupting me. Let me just take care of this.
*Disappears from the room*
*Comes back into the room*
Errm, I’ve been told I’m talking absolute poppycock and the producer of this blog post has asked me to please tell you the truth. So here’s the things you actually have to look forward to if you decide to start your career as a writer.
- Eyestrain from spending so much time on the computer and smart phone because you can’t tear yourself away even for a minute.
- Spending close to half of your life on social networking sites, pretending to be someone else, talking to dogs and other strange people on Facebook, answering email queries, interacting with fans, posting your latest reviews, blog posts, cover reveals, and a myriad of other things.
- Family ructions as they realise they really do take second and third place to the characters in your novels and that actually, you’d prefer to be with said characters than with real people.
- Repetitive Strain Injury from so much typing necessitating you to have to take long spells off the PC so your gnarled hands don’t freeze up altogether.
- The habit of taking to yourself in various accents, languages and with different facial expressions as you try to gauge what your character’s reaction would be to a certain event.
- The ability to survive on coffee and tea and adrenaline fuelling soft drinks so that those late night/early morning sessions when you’re inspired don’t find you slumped, drooling, over your laptop.
- Not a lot of money for the effort that goes into what you do. Not until you become said NYT bestselling author or get discovered by a film company.
- Getting awful reviews that make you want to shrivel up and never been seen in public again.
- Writing thousands of blog posts like this one – together with answering questions for online interviews, creating collages of your book pictures for people to ooh and ahh over, posting little gems of stuff you think your fans, readers and fellow writers will enjoy.
- Finding the inspiration for the next book and the time in which to write it.
- Finding the time to all of the above.
And do you know what the best thing is that you have to look forward to?
Finding out that after all of the angst and trouble to create your book, people actually like your work, buy it and, for the most part, tell you good things about it. Getting that warm feeling inside when someone tells you they loved your book and please, please write another one.
That’s the reward that keeps giving, and you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for all of the things I mentioned when I told you the lies about what you had to look forward to.
Of course, if it could all happen at once, that would just be the cherry on the cake….
About Susan MacNicol
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, has recently been published by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
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