The world is full of wannabe writers. So often, I'll be approached by someone who will say something like, "I lost my job and I'm thinking about writing a book, get some quick money." They'll want a few pointers on how to land a mega agent or get on Oprah's book list, even though they have not yet written a word.
Or they'll say they just know their idea would be the next Harry Potter but they don't have time to write it, so they'll want to tell the basic idea and split all the money the book is sure to get once someone else does the easy part of, y'know, writing the whole thing. Because the idea is all that matters. Not how it's written.
There are so many who claim they want to be writers, when in reality, what they want is to have written. They want to pop their nugget of an idea into the story microwave, press a couple buttons and have a fully cooked novel emerge, ready for its place on the best-sellers list.
The truth of it is, what they want to do is cut line. They don't want to pay their dues or follow the rules. That isn't fair. It's like trying to harvest what someone else planted.
This past year has been rough. My writing has been shoved to the side and the quality of what I've written has suffered. I've struggled to keep at it, though, and am proud that I have. Even if I haven't been happy with much of what I've produced, I've kept plodding, knowing that sooner or later, the sparks will once again start to ignite.
There aren't any shortcuts to the places that are most worth going. If there were, those shortcuts could cause you to miss the best parts of the journey. The parts that make for a richer story.
And the parts that make the one who has struggled so hard to tell it feel proud.
Reach Karin Fuller via email at karinful...@gmail.com.