Writing Advice

What is the Writer’s Pipe Dream?


As writers we’ve all had this dream which involves quitting the dreaded day job and focusing 100% on our writing. In our self-absorbed dementia that dream could also include writing on our yacht or inside a cabin in the woods. In our spare time we attend massive book signing events and talk about ourselves to others who salivate at our good fortune. Or stay up all night counting the royalties piling up in our multiple bank accounts.

Ok. Time to wake up now. You’re not being realistic here.

I call this affliction the “Writers Dream.” Trust me, you’re just going to depress yourself with these. If you’re suffering from Writer’s Dream snap out of it this instant. Why? Because it saps creativity and cuts into precious writing time.

Sure, if by chance you do end up making enough from your writing to warrant quitting your day job, then congratulations. And by all means, go for it. But even if you do hit that plateau, realize it’s going to be hard work, even harder than being a part-time writer with a real day job.

Being a full-time author demands a lot from your personal time, perhaps more than you’re willing to part with. You think it’s easy to travel to book signings across the country and worldwide? At first it may be fun. But when the novelty wears off you may find yourself wishing for more free time to, yup, you guessed it…write.

So enjoy the ride we call writing until you get to finally arrive at your destination. And remember, when you get there, it’s not going to be some cotton-candy fantasy, but rather, more hard work.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.


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