Lately, I’ve been feeling like my life is living me. I have dreamed of being able to make a living as a writer since I was a teenager, but after several years of being a stay-at-home parent/part-time writer, I have recently taken on a new day job. Since I started spending a large chunk of my time in an office, I have been struggling with the feeling that I have given up on my dream of being a writer.
During the early months of my new job, when that feeling was particularly strong, a couple comments on a benign post on the Writer Unboxed Facebook group nearly brought me to despair. The post asked people to tell how long they’d been working on their WIP. The answers varied–from weeks to months to years. Some commenters expressed the opinion that spending years on a work without publication was a waste of time. I have been working on the same unpublished work for several years, so that comment hit hard.
I’ve spent the last few months arguing with that commenter in my head. This post is my answer, and an explanation of why it bothered me so much. [Read more…]