You know how sometimes you know what you want to say but then you hear someone else say it so much better than you could?
Well, that’s a convoluted way of saying I’ve found three blogs I think are worth sharing in this world of creative writing, independent publishing, traditional publishing and editing.
1) — Paula Hawkins didn’t have much success writing a variety of genres, including frothy romance stories. She wrote them to try and earn some money. A few years ago she decided to stop trying to second guess the market and decided “to try writing the kind of story she likes to read” and so she wrote The girl on The Train. And guess what? It worked. Good for her! She finally wrote what she wanted to write.
2) — Toby Young, writing at The Telegraph online with the headline These days, writing isn’t a career, it’s a rich man’s hobby mentions that a survey of 2500 professional authors found their median income in 2013 was £11,000, a drop of 29% since 2005.
Most writers need another job to supplement their income (that or a private income or an understanding — and rich — spouse). Interestingly, most traditional publishers and agents only need to hold down the one job… They make their money from writers.
So, it seems to me, if you’re going to be paid what amounts to pocket money for doing what you love, and need to keep the day job anyway… then you might as well write what you want to write.
Life. Is. Too. Short.
3) — Mandy Brett at the meanjin.com.au site gives an in-depth analysis of what being an editor means to her. Although, ironically, I felt this piece was a bit long and could have done with a wee edit 🙂 , it demonstrates how a good editor works and why they’re so necessary if you want your book to be not only professional, but better than it would have been. And you do want that, right?
So that’s it. Three blogs that said exactly what I wanted to say. Here’s what it boils down to:
1) Write what you want to write.
2) You probably won’t make much money from writing anyway (although a lot of people will make money from you), so write what you want to write.
3) Hire a good editor; they’re worth it. But write what you want to write.
There’s a theme in there somewhere. 🙂