Liars, Snails and Writers– We’ve Got a Thing Going on!

I’m a liar. There I’ve said it.

I bet some of you are too.

Let’s talk about it.

I tell myself lies all the time. Things like, I’ll just hop on the Internet for a quick second and check my email. Who knows, my editor might be trying to contact me in the worse way and I have to know right …this…minute. I mean, you know what editors can be like, expecting things to happen at the snap of their finger…And, and, if I don’t respond to her email immediately something catastrophic could take place. Like I don’t know…like maybe the earth will stop spinning on its axis, maybe the sun will forget to set or maybe, just maybe, the fate of the entire world rests on that “non-existing” email from my ever-so-impatient editor waiting for me in my inbox.

Here  lies another lie. It comes after I’ve written a few hundred words or so.

Got to get up and move around…gotta stretch those legs of mine. Things seize up. After fifty years of living, body parts begin to wear out you know. When I come to a tense part of my story, sometimes I just can’t sit still.

So yes, I’m a published author but that doesn’t mean I can’t come up with any number of excuses NOT to write. Writing takes discipline. No two ways around it. It’s just as difficult for me to find that discipline as it is for anyone else. Published or non-published, we writers all battle the same demons. Yes, I know, I’m published, there should be more of an incentive to keep me going then those of you who are struggling to break through, but my livelihood doesn’t depend on the money I make writing ergo I can procrastinate with the best of them.

Crummy attitude— my livelihood doesn’t depend upon the money I make writing ergo I can procrastinate. I mean really. Considering I’d quit my job in a heartbeat to stay home and write full time, I’d say that is a darn poor attitude.  So while I say one thing, I don’t do a single thing to back it up. It’s not an easy thing. It takes a leap of faith. Yes I would like to make a living writing, yet I continue to work because my job, while it may not be my first choice in life, is at least predictable. I know what my income will be.

The truth is, making a living with writing means you’d have to churn out far more novels a year than what I seem capable of doing. I know some people can. One writer on Facebook is spitting out words like fireworks. Her books are all over the internet and if I had half her energy I might stand a chance. She said she quit her business to write full time. So it’s possible.

Another writer told me it takes three or four published books a year in order for a writer to rake in enough money for the year. When I heard that I knew I wouldn’t be retiring anytime soon.

I’m a snail.

I’m a snail and a liar, and a little unsure of what my true objectives are when it comes to writing. We all assume every writer wants to make a living writing, but maybe that’s just not so. I’m sure some writers are happy just to see their stories in book form, something for them to look back on in their old age and feel they left their mark in the world. Their children and grandchildren will remember them with pride.

Now I wonder what spurs the writer onward– money or leaving behind a small legacy? I suppose that depends upon the writer. We are all individuals. Different goals, different points of view.

But what do I know? Could be I’m far off base. Snails are not known for their intellectual abilities.  ;)

If you’re a writer what keeps you writing? Do you expect to one-day make a living writing? If so, do you have any specific plan in place?

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  1. Their children and grandchildren will remember them with pride.

    Mine show no interest at all and am sure when I die the things I did will be pitched with the evening trash but find great consolation in the blog network we have built.

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    • That makes me feel a little sad, Carl. As you say, though, the blog network certainly appreciates what you do. :)

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  2. I write because I just have to. I know there will be no large monetary rewards. I also want something to do whern I retire as I get bored so easy.

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  3. I learned a long time ago that I am a goal oriented person. If I set concrete goals, I will do anything to reach them. :-)

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    • Setting goals works well for many people. I’ve never been organized enough to do that, but who knows I may one day change my ways. Keep your fingers crossed for me. ;)

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  4. I don’t hold any hope of making a living with my writing, but a little extra spending money would be nice. :)

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  5. A post of this sort has been on my mind the last few days–about making the most of my time and re-training my brain to fcous for a finite amount of time. IT seems like something so many writers struggle with: increasing productivity.

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    • I’d love to be able to increase my productivity, Jennifer, and I’m sure it’s something I’ll continue to find challenging.

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  6. I’m a snail and a liar, too. If there were awards for creative excuses for not writing, I’d be on the short list. All I have learned is that, no matter how or when I do the work, it’s hard–and I need to do it. So slowly it gets done. Not the perfect way, maybe, but mine.

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    • A fellow snail and liar. I suspect there are more of us around than we’re aware of. But you;re right, slowly we do get there. I think that’s the important part.

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  7. I think you’re wonderful. You always write some amusing and poignant posts. It’s like you know exactly what I’m thinking. I’m not feeling so bad now. Yesterday I was reprimanding myself for not having 6 novels published. In fact, on another blog, the host was saying just that, there’s no excuse for not spinning out those books one after another. Well, all I can say is it’s a good thing we’re not relying on my sales to eat.

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    • Well thanks for making me feel appreciated, Joylene. :)

      I’m amazed by how quickly some people are able to churn out books, a bit envious in some respects, but I can only do what I can do.

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