The Business of Writing – My True Path

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Back in ‘the old days’ when kindle was the way to start a fire or ignite a hope or passion, writers wrote and agents and publishers got on with the business of writing.

Today, it’s all about ‘self promotion’. It is recommended that one has a handle on all the wheelings and dealings in the publishing industry as well as consistent input on all networking sites, in fact any site that allows one to advertise. ‘Sell! sell! sell!’ is becoming the emphasis for the author.

But, I’m not a promoter or marketeer. I left the business world and my job running offshore fund settlements when I had my children and have filled my life with family, dance, friends, reading and writing stories ever since.

So, upon the launch of my first novel ‘Destiny of Angels’, I found myself in a dilemma. I took a step back and thought ‘What is it I really want?’ (Thank you, Peter Jones: How to do everything and be happy)

I WANT to share my stories

I WANT to be the best writer I can be

I WANT to be true to my beliefs and ethics

I WANT to be me

As you can see from the above, there’s a lot of ‘being’ there and that, I believe, is my true path.

I love this quote by Henri-Frederic Amiel:

‘Learn to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing, and some definite work; dare to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not and to believe in your own individuality.’

I CAN do the business of writing but I DARE to do it as myself.

 

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One response »

  1. Thanks for the mention, Wendy – I couldn’t agree more!
    And “back in ‘the old days’ when kindle was the way to start a fire or ignite a hope or passion” – love it! 🙂

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