I’ve been at this writing game for most of my life. I started writing short stories, horror stories, in high school and the writing bug has never let me go. There have been periods of my life where I have been more prolific than others, but all in all I continue to write.
I’ve had some little successes.
My novel This Broken Earth, a post apocalyptic story told in first person omniscient is still doing well and has sold over 2000 copies (digital and print editions combined). I co-host a fun podcast with author Ryan McKinley, Fanboys on Fiction which has recently seen some success. I broke 1500 Twitter followers three weeks ago. This blog sees around 200 viewers per day.
However, I tune in to KDP and see that I’ve only sold one book in a month and then I start to get discouraged. I look at this massive sequel I’m churning out to a book that didn’t sell very many copies and sigh a little.
So why do I keep writing it, you ask?
The strange reason that I keep writing The Terminarch War is because if I don’t, I’ll go crazy. I am constantly thinking about how to make it better, tweaking the storyline, tweaking the characters, putting Guillermo into tons more peril but then I pull back and realize that I have to probably start all over with the book.
You know. Stuff like that happens.
I think that I feel like Jack White in his post-interview after doing a concert for Austin City Limits. You can watch the entire interview below, but the most interesting thing he says in regard to this blog post begins at 5:36.
He says that he “can’t control” the writing that comes out of him. He has to have this outlet somehow. I think that’s the strange reason that I keep going at it even though I’m not famous, don’t make a living off of my novels, and write every day even though my day job is stressful and demanding.
So keep at it, fellow writers! Because if you are a writer you HAVE TO WRITE! You have to get those characters and settings and nuances on the page. Otherwise you’ll go crazy.
Don’t go crazy. Get to writing.