Last week while visiting a blog I looked over at the blogger profile. It said “I just want to be a writer---so I will”. That’s all it said.
My first reaction was to sputter, it’s not that easy, and imagine this person as one of the many who don’t have a clue what they’re getting into. It reminded me of a fellow who visited Compuserve for a little while. He spoke of his books and plots. Whipped up a query letter and sent if off to some agents. After a month or so he left a post saying he quit. He wouldn’t be coming back. It was too hard to get agents attention, his books were good but no one would look at them because of the system.... You know the drill, I’m sure you’ve all heard it before. Several people chatted with him, encouraged him, offered help. “No,” he said. He didn’t want help. He was too old (in his 70’s I believe) to waste time learning to do it right. He just wanted to be an author so he tried. And failed.
But the more I thought about it I realized it was that simple. I want to be a writer. So I will. I am. I’m not an author yet but someday I will be because I won’t give up. Yea, it’s hard and I have to research publishing, and query letters, and marketing, and sometimes it’s discouraging. Like right now when both of my children have decided that napping is NOT in their agenda. But my determination is there. I decided. So come what may I’ll stick to it.
My name is Sara, I want to be a writer
So I will be.