Friday, October 17, 2008

The Importance of Being Earnest

by G.Parker

No, I'm not talking about the play or movie. I'm talking about writing.

As a writer, it is an important thing to work hard at what we do. It's not something that you can just play at, if you want to seriously move forward with it. I realized a couple of years ago that I'd just been playing at it when my husband referred to it as a hobby.

I informed him it was not a 'hobby'! It was a career. He informed me that if it was more than a hobby, I would be working more consistently at it. It would be an every day thing.

Well, I was ashamed to realize that he was right. I had been treating it as a hobby. There are times when I still do. I looked at my author page on the Nanowrimo site the other day, and realized this will be my 5th year as a participant. I've been doing this for five years?? It blows the mind.

It's also a little depressing. I mean, all the stories I've finished in those other 4 years -- none of them have been submitted. They are sitting in a file on my computer, waiting for the final editing to be done. Two of them have been shown to my critique group, but the other two have been shelved because I have so much work on the other two. It seems never ending.

It's easy to get caught up in so many things in today's world. Especially if you are a parent -- our families mean a great deal, and if we didn't have them and their support, we probably wouldn't still be striving to write.

So -- this month I'm still working at it. I've been participating in a BIAM at the LDSAuthors forum, and it's been wonderful. I've written more in the past week and a half than I've written in the past two months. I feel like the words are starting to flow a little easier, and I'm getting reved for November.

I'm a writer in earnest. It's important to me, not my hobby. Just so we're clear...grin.


ali said...

I loved that Gaynell, that was awesome!

Sometimes I think I DO want it to just be a hobby. That way, nothing can really be expected of me. But my husband, darn him, actually believes in me and refuses to let me 'shelve' my stuff.

He'll ask "So, what did your characters do today?" or "How many pages did you get edited today?"

He doesn't care what's for dinner or how many loads of laundry I got done ... He wants to know how far I progressed in my CAREER, lol.

Oh, the joys of being a writer.

G. Parker said...

Your husband sounds like a keeper...thanks for reading!