A good friend sent me the link to another writer’s blog post entitled For Aspiring Writers: the Worst Advice You’ll Ever Read. Charles Hugh Smith, a journalist writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, offers a down-to-earth perspective on writing and making a living as a writer in this rich, elegant blog post. A lot of people in this world think writing is easy, that getting published is easy, that a person can become famous by writing novels, and Charles Hugh Smith begs to differ. He tells it like it is.
I have no plans to give up the search for a publisher for the Perceval novels. In fact, a couple weeks ago, I sent the literary agent who requested the manuscript of Perceval over 15 months ago another follow-up letter requesting a response. It’s probably the last one I’ll send him. I reason that if he were truly interested in my novel the way I would want an agent to be interested, he would have read it over 15 months ago. Such is the writer’s life.
My writer’s work will soon become a part-time job. The problems with the economy and our recession has hit me harder than any recession before. I’m now searching for a full-time job. I plan to continue writing here at least once a week, and will shift my writing work to weekends and the week nights I’m not totally exhausted. My past experience, however, has been that working 8+ hours and the commute from home and back sends my imagination for creative writing into hiding. I’d love it to be different this time. We shall see…..