I know it's been awhile since I've posted and to say life has gotten in the way would be an understatement.
Settling the estate of a friend with properties in two countries on top of work and my own writing has been keeping me very, very busy, with little time to spare.
I also recently traveled thousands of miles to show my daughter where I grew up and went to school. I hadn't been "home" in decades. Most of my family is either deceased or has moved to other states, and that happened some time ago, so going to my childhood home with my daughter didn't have the same urgency while she was growing up. This trip was the result of hitting a critical birthday year and I just needed to walk down memory lane to understand certain demons that I only subconsciously admitted that I had taken with me when I left, and there is definitely a story brewing in my head about what all that means.
This trip put many things in perspective for me and one of those things is my writing. I haven't published in a while but I have been writing and developing a game plan for publishing what I've been working on all these years. I'm actually rather excited about the prospects.
I'm also keeping notes about the process I'm going through in my upcoming publishing pursuits and I've realized a few things as a result to include that there are many aspects if writing and publishing that haven't changed even though the paths to publishing, especially with the influence of technology, have changed.
Some of the aspects of writing and publishing that don't seem to have changed much include:
- write what you know and love
- writing is hard work
- some writers will find great financial success but most do not
- writing is often as much a business as anything else
- being discovered is still a challenge
- networking is still critical
The difficulty of being discovered as a new writer given all the social media available is somewhat surprising on the surface but then when millions and millions of posts flood the internet it's like trying to stand out like a drop of water in the ocean.
As a parting note I thought I'd share the article below: