8 thoughts on “Want to be a professional author? You need to read this!”

  1. I believe most writers are fully aware of the cold, hard facts regarding “The Writing Life.” I certainly won’t be disappointed if I don’t become a best-selling author in my lifetime. I don’t write solely because I hope to earn a fortune. Fiction writing is one of my many attributes; it’s an essential part of me. I’ve always liked to compose stories. I never have to force myself to be creative with fiction writing. Stories emerge from my peculiar psyche like a meteorite plunging through Earth’s atmosphere. It’s a shame, though, because writers are an invaluable commodity. Without us people would be bored into long-lasting fits of depression.

    1. I completely agree, Alejandro – we are ‘an invaluable commodity’ – I like the way you put that. Considering the challenges of the work we do and the benefits we bring to society, we should be able to make a basic living, and that’s probably why most non-writers can’t believe how little most of us actually make.

      1. Here in the U.S. the Writers Guild of America went on strike twice within a 20-year period. In both cases, they were demanding a percentage of profits from residuals and more creative control. The 1988 – 89 strike was the longest-lasting of the two and cost billions for the state of California where WGA West is based, and the state of New York where WGA East is based. It forced TV networks to dredge up old shows and was severe enough to halt film productions. I recall, during the 1988 strike, one writer pointing out that movie studios can afford to pay millions of dollars to the performers, but suddenly become poor when it comes to the writers.

        I think some people believe it’s easy to sit down and write; that creative writing is not a real endeavor. I always like to refer to a story the late Anne Bancroft recounted. She complained to her husband, Mel Brooks, one time about the number of pages of dialogue she had to memorize for an upcoming movie. Brooks supposedly picked up a blank sheet of paper and said something like, “Now, imagine having to put all that dialogue on this.” She never griped about it again.

        Here’s another example. About 10 years ago I was watching a behind-the-scenes program about the TV show “Friends.” At one point, the director was making last-minute changes to the script. One of the show’s writers said that it was “hard to be funny on schedule.”

        I don’t know what it’s going to take for the overall population to realize their favorite TV shows and other forms of entertainment don’t just materialize because someone wished upon a star.

  2. I have spent the last year writing and editing my first book and no doubt I still have a lot of work to do before I self publish it. It will be about 80 to 90k words and will probably sell in the tens (ever the optimist).
    At the same time I write a blog that takes a couple of hours to write with well over 150,000 views this year.
    I make no money from it either but for me I just love writing.

    1. If your book isn’t about your seafaring adventures, I’d say make the next one your own story – it sounds as if you could sell a fair few to people who love and visit your blog, and hopefully they’ll spread the word. You’ve already got a striking ‘look’ and plenty of pics on the blog, and loads of material that could form the basis of your book. Best of luck with all your writing projects and thank you for commenting here in the House of Dreams.

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