There is a very important thing I have taken away from all of my hours researching writing and writers–especially published writers–is that writers keep on writing. Yes, there are pauses, breaks, blocks, family obligations, day jobs and all kinds of things that take time away from writing. But, if you are a writer, you keep on writing.
Keep writing! Even if it’s in the nooks and crannies of your life, you keep writing. Maybe you have a place to write it down, or maybe it’s just an ongoing story writhing around in your head, but you keep writing. Because it’s what you ARE, not what you DO.
It is both a tremendously liberating concept, and an incredibly restrictive one.
The reason I’m on the subject is I missed a deadline for an anthology I wanted. I found out last Friday that the slots were full, and the pre-promotion had begun. Ouch. Saturday was busy with family, and Sunday I just read most of the day. There was some internal whining about writing too slow, and generally sucking. Whatever.
But this morning I wrote another six hundred plus words on that short story. I like it. I think I’m getting better, and I want to finish it. I don’t plan on pulling a Bradbury, and writing several short stories a week, and using that to pay my bills, because he was an amazingly prolific writer. But I do want to write more than one kind of story.
So, I’m going to finish it. I’ll take out the bit that it needed to be in the anthology, send it to a beta or two, revise and edit, then start submitting it out to magazines or anthologies as I start the next writing project.
Because, that’s how writers roll. You are right, Fortune Cookie fortune, and Mamma didn’t raise no fools.
Happy writing, y’all!