Insecure Writer’s Support Group Post: Hello 2019

Welcome to my first IWSG blog post of 2019.

Today’s question is
What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

The favorite question is easy. It’s the one that goes something like, “Wow, that’s awesome. You must be thrilled.”

The answer is yes, I am, but maybe thrilled isn’t exactly the right word. Surprised, stunned, awed,might be better, but I would have to add disappointed too. If you want to know more about the disappointment, you can check out this interview. https://kriswampler.com/2019/01/02/susanne-matthews/

The question I hate is usually a two-part one. It starts with “Wow, I’ll bet you’re raking the money in hand over fist. How much did you make last year?”

Not only is this question rude, it really is no one’s business but my own. Unfortunately, politeness dictates that i answer something. “Not a lot, but more than I would’ve made if I hadn’t taken the chance and written at all.” When they hear the number, the second part of the question comes out. “OMG! You do all that work for next to nothing? Why bother?”

They don’t get it. They just don’t get it. Not ten minutes earlier, they’ve asked for a free book, but don’t realize that every “free” book costs me money! But, when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t matter how little I make, it’s the dream of someday making the bestseller list and my passion for writing that keeps me going. It’s no different than the person who keeps running marathons. Deep inside, they know they won’t win, but if they can do a little better than last time … If I wanted to get rich, I would probably have better luck buying lottery tickets since my odds of hitting in big in a world with millions of authors trying to do the same, isn’t that much better than winning the lottery. But I do it for the stories screaming inside my head to be written and shared. I do it for the “OMG! I loved your book.” I do it for the love of writing.

Read other answers here:http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

2 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group Post: Hello 2019

  1. I love your answer here – “Not a lot, but more than I would’ve made if I hadn’t taken the chance and written at all.” Perfect!
    And yes…we’ve just got to do it, regardless of what the end of the year number is.
    Wishing you a fantastic 2019!

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