Hi there, Sugar here. I’ve been in deadline hell these past couple of weeks. I have two books due to two different publishers on the same day. I know a lot of writers would scoff at my problem. They would say it’s one they would like to have. But I would tell them to suck it.
Writing a book when you are under contract is a hell of a lot different than writing when you don’t have one.There’s a certain amount of freedom that flies out the window when you sign on the dotted line. Yes, there is the pressure of the deadline but that’s not even the issue. The pressure is to write a better book than your last, to write a book that’s going to sell more copies, that’s going to get more positive reviews. Because if you don’t, if you don’t write that better book, that sells more copies and gets more reviews you not only let down yourself, but the agent who found you in the slush pile, the editor that took a chance on acquiring you and the publisher that is putting your book in bookstores all over the country.
I work too. Full time. In a job that sometimes sucks all the energy from my body and hides it under my bed. Still I write every single day during the week. I did this before I got the call. Writing became part of my routine, part of my life. It wasn’t just a hobby. It was something I had to do in order for my day to be complete.
Sometimes I struggle to get 500 words out a day. But I shoot for a thousand. On the weekends I’ve been having 5000 word days. I make it a goal. Even when it’s torture. Even when the words don’t want to come I force myself to get them out on the page. That’s why it annoys me when I see aspiring writers who bitch and moan about not being published, who claim they just don’t have time to write but can post on Facebook 900 times a day. Or playing online games and generally just waste time.
Talent plays a big part in being successful in this business but I think it’s takes drive too. Which prompts me to ask, how driven are you when it comes to your writing?