Career fiction writers must be aware of what the successful writing life is like.
Disillusionment will derail you. Since my heart is set on a career in writing books, I want to know what that could look like. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Many of us newbies focus all of our attention on getting that first novel published. That’s it. That’s all we can see. If we can just get accepted, then we have arrived. Nope. The journey is just beginning.
In this week’s chapter, Bell gives us a glimpse into the emotional upheaval of a writer’s life. His friend, Terri Blackstock likened the writing life to a roller coaster. The ride takes you soaring to great heights, and then plummeting to the lowest depths. Over and over again. My life already resembles a roller coaster ride. I can’t imagine the anxiety I will have as I sit in anticipation of publication or the stress of a revision letter. But it passes. I wonder if it has more to do with how we handle anxiety and stress in our lives already and if so, we could work toward lessening the impact. Right?
So what say you? Do you agree or disagree?