Writers have a reputation for being angst-ridden and moody. We do our best to toe the line, build a platform and promote our work, at least if we want to survive in the marketplace, but most writers are artists first and business persons a distant second. We try not to take critiques, edits and reviews (remarkably similar processes when you think about it) too personally. We face our imperfections daily. We try to show up, shake hands, sign books, speak, blog, contact, tweet and update — and keep our souls intact. We strive to let rejections roll over us, brave a difficult publishing world with little encouragement and less money while keeping our faith alive and the courage of our convictions intact. Yes, writers can be angst-ridden and moody — at least perceived a certain way.
The truth is, we’re just people committed to living a dream whatever it costs. But no matter what the outcome, we’ll fail if all we count are costs.
Note to Self: Remember to count your blessings too.