The above picture (or one similar) has been floating around Facebook for the past couple of weeks. At first I thought it was funny, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how true pictures are.
When I finished the last page of a great book, I thought that writers would sit down at their computer and would write a book without any troubles and they’d be rich and famous. That was when I was younger — much younger.
It took me a year to write my first book and a month to write my second, and for both there were struggles along the way. It’s definitely not as easy as it seems, nor is the editing and publishing process. Being a writer isn’t easy, not by a long shot. I admire writers like Danielle Steel, Emily Giffin, James Patterson, and Nicholas Sparks, who can literally write, go through several drafts of edits, and have their books published one after another in such a short time.
When people ask me what I do, I say that I’m a writer, and I love to see their expression. Their jaw drops and their eyes dazzle. It’s in that moment that I feel like I’m a move star! It’s a wonderful feeling that makes being a writer worth the emotions, stress, struggles, and time, that writers go through.