At any rate, a productive day, I think.
New words today: 2,200
So far this month: 18,300
Now let's look at two more of Konrath's points on quitting. His intent is not to discourage anyone from writing, but is trying to paint a realistic picture of how difficult breaking into this business can be.
- You want to be a writer, but spend all your time going to classes and researching, but never get any writing done.
- You could live without ever writing again.
I realized a few months ago that writers write. If I'm not writing, I'm not a writer. Or, as Dean Wesley Smith has said numerous times, an author is one who has written a book, but a writer is one who, well, writes. ;) I don't want to be an author. I don't want to spend all my time researching or taking writing workshops (as important as those are). I want to get some writing done. And so I am.
But today's second bullet point is a little more difficult to dispatch. Konrath says to go ahead and quit now if you could live without ever writing again. I suppose if this point were limited to one genre or style or even fiction in general, I guess I could live without writing. But the truth is, I've been writing my whole life - maybe not stories for publication, but in so many ways my default mode of communication is via the written word. So, no, I really can't live without writing.
More next time. Thanks for reading. Feel free to share your perspectives.