The Emotional Business of Writing
I’ve been in the business world for damn near twenty years. I’ve had a lot of jobs. Some good, some bad. Some I wanted to run from because I worked for the Boss From Hell. Others were just ho-hum. They paid the bills and kept food on the table and a roof over my head. But in all the jobs I’ve had, there came a point where I had to make a decision about my future. Was I going to stay or go? Would I make more money if I left? Would I commit career suicide if I stayed?
In every business decision, there are emotions involved. Am I happy where am I? Will I be happier if I leave? Ultimately, it comes down to: what is best for me and my family?
Writing is an emotional business much like that. The trick is to not allow those emotions get in the way of business decisions. Sometimes those business decisions are difficult. And they may look like you (the collective “you”) are being petty and whiny. When, in reality, the truth of the matter is the decision is based on facts. Not emotions.
I’ve been there. Done that. It’s not easy. But this is my career and I have to make the best possible decisions when evaluating where my career is going. I want to succeed and the only way I’m going to do that is by making decisions that push my career forward, not backward. The idea is to make money writing books. Not giving away my books for free or almost free. And that’s where I am right now.
I know some of you readers out there are writers too. What hard decisions have you had to make to push your writing career forward? I want to hear from you!