Have you ever felt like people dis you for following your dreams? Sometimes, I do. Maybe they aren’t dissing me, per se, but I don’t think they understand that being an author is in fact work. Lots of work to be exact.
Sure I spend most of my day on the computer or staring endlessly at printed sheets of paper editing my work. But, I am in fact working. When I’m not writing, I’m editing, shamelessly self-promoting my books, coming up with ideas for my blogs, writing those out, and the list goes on.
I’m not downing anyone in particular. It just feels like people don’t understand us.
We create worlds for the masses to lose themselves in. We write books to help people deal with what they’re going through. We bring fantasy to life. We don’t play. We take our jobs seriously.
We don’t make much money at it, unless we’re one of the lucky ones, but we aren’t bums either. We LOVE what we do on most days, and we find ourselves begging for more days where we’re utterly in love with our work.
I just want people to understand. I don’t want to judge, hurt, or upset anyone. But I want you to understand why I do what I do.
I love it. I cannot imagine living without it. I create worlds that I have dreamed up to help you. Not me. I want to entertain you – the reader. I want you to escape through my work. I do this for you.
I give up family time, I give up my sanity for others’ entertainment.
Being a writer isn’t easy. It’s hard work, and it’s a miracle when I don’t end up stressed or in tears.
People make fun of authors for being eccentric. Yes, we probably are, but you would be too with untold stories deep in your soul, begging to come out. With the voices of unborn characters lost your memories begging to come alive.
Try to understand being an author. Understand that we have strict deadlines, even if we set them for ourselves. We have to promote our work, and we have to please everyone we cross paths with. And we do it all with a smile on our face because these people are the ones that we WANT to please.
So, excuse me for being an author. It’s what I want for my life. It’s something that makes me happy.