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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

I first became serious about being a writer three years ago.  Although I began writing decades ago, it wasn't until 2009 that I actually stopped thinking of writing in the "someday" category, and got more serious about the craft.  I sought out and signed up with a couple writer groups in the San Francisco Bay area.  I actually finished the first draft of my young adult novel, which was HUGE for me, since I'd only ever gotten to page 30 in anything I'd written before.  I even began to take classes, and allowed my writing to be critiqued by people who didn't know me; VERY scary for someone who's overly-harsh on herself, and doesn't take criticism (even the constructive kind) very well.

The problem is that writing isn't the only career I want to do pursue.  I also have aspirations of being a voice-over actor, a photographer, and a part-time massage therapist.  I had it in my head that I could do each of these careers--since many of them seem to take up only part of my time--and their combined salaries would be equivalent to what I make now in my day job.  Okay . . . if I'm gonna be honest, I should admit that I was hoping they'd bring in even more money than I make now.

For some of you, writing may be the one and only thing you've ever wanted to do in your life.  If so, congratulations, and I applaud those of you who are able to make a decent living at it.  But for me, the thought of doing only one job for the rest of my life bores me out of my mind.  Or, maybe it's just that I'm afraid that I might find it dull after a while.  Even in a career where the scenery changes from book to book, I do worry that it wouldn't be enough to entertain me over the span of my life.  Maybe that makes me on the fringe of being ADD or ADHD, but I personally think it's part of being a Gemini; we need multiple things going on, or we go a little cuckoo.

I do realize that I'm the one overwhelming myself by trying to have multiple careers, but even without all of the other jobs, I'm sure I'd be overwhelmed with all there is to keep up on in the writing world.

For instance, I want to keep in contact with the people in my writing groups.  Their experiences can help me wade through the waters from amateur status to successful, published author.  Then there are the classes necessary for a newbie like me to hone her craft.  There are blogs to read: blogs from colleagues, and blogs from experienced authors with nuggets of wisdom to impart.  Not to mention the actual time of butt in chair and fingers on keyboard.  Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough time for the latter (and most important) aspect, because I'm trying to keep up with all the other ones.

Since I'm a novice at the other careers I'm working to get off the ground (except for massage, I have my license in that already), those same needs apply to each craft.  I've often thought I should focus on just one, until I've got a good handle on it, and then start learning another one, but the question is which one to choose?  If I focus on, say, voice overs, it'll take me even longer to get my writing career off the ground.  But I'm starting to feel that dividing my time and energy between the four of them is taking me just as long.

I know I'm not the only author who's complained about trying to keep up with everything, and I'm certainly not the only blogger who's ever done so.  I guess I'm just feeling extra overwhelmed at the moment, and needed to vent.

Thanks for reading.


KB Inglee said...

Taking criticism is one of those skills a writer needs to develop along with how to plot and invent interesting characters. Fifteen years into it I am still learning that skill. Hang in.

Gloria Alden said...

Alyx, I think writers need to broaden there life experiences not narrow them.

My creative outlet while raising kids was painting and later I added crafts to it. When I finally went to college and started teaching, there was no time to pursue my painting. But while in college, I discovered a love of writing. True, it was mostly poetry and papers for classes, but it stuck with me. I was still teaching when I started writing my first mystery, and I'm still hooked. Yes, it was hard to find time to write while teaching, but I wasn't involved in social media, either, until after I retired. Like KB says, "Hang in there."

Warren Bull said...

Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. The interesting thing for me is that there is always more to learn, more skills to acquire and research to do that leads in nre directions.

E. B. Davis said...

I don't know of anyone who doesn't mult-task, Alyx. You do what you can when you can. If an opportunity arises in one area, do it. Yes, it is at the expense of another, but don't pass up on opportunities that come your way. I think that things happen for a reason and one thing leads to another. Learning to relax about it is the issue. Maybe get a massage yourself and destress. It can't all be a priority all the time. Do one productive task per day in whatever feels right, and relax.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks, KB. My skin is toughening up a bit, but it still stings every once in a while.

Alyx Morgan said...

Very good advice, Gloria & EB. Like I said, I know writers who do WAY more than I do...I just need to learn to keep at it, & be patient with the process, like Warren said.

I agree with Gloria, that social media makes it a little tougher, but I seem to be weaning myself off of FB right now, which is a good thing.