How many of them discussed making sure the housekeeper and the gardener didn't mess up - again?
Okay, how many of them talked about the frustrating things in the upkeep of their huge house?
What did they talk about?
Oh, writing. Stories and plots and characters that just started to exist but were so real it was like they were talking about a long lost friend and world building and the problems that the characters were going to face and discussions about how to make it better with their agent and editor and promoting books and talking to people who loved books and hearing how they stayed up to finish reading it and how it was exhausting, right?
This is pretty close to what most of my experiences have been with writers. But I left out one little part.
They will say things like, but I love it, it's so much fun to visit with these people, there was that moment when it just clicked, when I got my agent, when I got my ARC's, when it was in the store. When they get to that part, look at their eyes, and you will see the reason for the joy behind the fatigue.
I think all of us are guilty at one point or another of dreaming that we will somehow reach a pseudo-celebrity status, that our book will blow the minds of people and infuse modern pop culture and win all kinds of awards.
Obviously this happens, so it will again, for someone.
But every single writer who has had success writes because they love it. Because their life wouldn't be the same without it. Because sometimes being happy, having a passion, chasing a dream is more valuable than whatever the accompanying money could buy.
The great thing is publication isn't a qualifier.
Are you passionate about your writing?