Vision: A Resource for Writers
Welcome to the Nuthouse
just signed contracts on my first novel sales in three years, having a fresh
source of income to buttress the dwindling advances that have been coming in on
the stuff that sold three years ago, and having an exciting semi-secret project
that is finally both done and in the hands of editors, I'm invigorated, happy,
and fresh for the writing battle once again.
I do think I ought to mention this important point to those of you who are not
yet subsisting on your writing alone: writing may be a wonderful hobby for
everyone, but it's only a job for lunatics.
work itself is both fun and interesting, at least when it's going well.
When it isn't, of course, it's a lot like popping out the RonCo Home Tooth
Extractor and doing a bit of self-dentistry without anesthesia. But the
writing isn't the hard part. The part that will drive you really nuts is
what computer programmers refer to as the backend. Can you write; should
you write; if you do write, does your work stink; if your work is good enough,
will your books ever sell; if a publisher buys them, will you be published
badly; if you're published well, will anyone bother to read your books; will
reviewers ever review your work; will the three reviewers who found you spend
the rest of their careers trashing you; if your editor likes you and readers
like you will computer ordering by the big chains kill your career anyway; how
much will you get paid; how many months after the rent is due will the check
arrive; exactly how right was your mother when she suggested you become
the CEO of a multinational corporation ... or a roadcrew pothole filler?
Welcome to the nuthouse. Abandon sanity, all ye who enter here.
with us? Excellent -- we want to weed out the faint of heart, because
writing for a living is about as hard on the nerves as being a professional
blindfolded cliffdiver, and most of the time the pay is about the same.
But if you're one of us wackos, it is a lot of fun.
working on outlining and layout this time -- when, how, and why you outline, how
to present your work, and a lot more. Very popular author S.L. Viehl has
the workshop, and as always, we have a broad spectrum of articles on our issue
topic as well as lots of information on other aspects of writing.
onward fellow lunatics, into the fray armed with some neat new techniques to
try, and the realization that no matter how crazy you really are, you are not
believe, and never give up on your dreams,