Monday, November 17, 2008

The Novel

I've been writing since I turned thirteen. And now, just like then, it calms me down. It bleeds me out, all the messy emotions drained onto paper for someone's amusement. I don't mean that in a bad way; the chance to tell a good story drives a lot of my decisions. I have a fear of being boring. Or bored. They're pretty much the same.

What's funny is that writing is about the most dull activity imaginable. You sit in front of your computer until the screen starts to wiggle, and hopefully you've written something by then because if you keep going you'll ruin your eyes and you can't afford glasses. But the stuff in your head (hopefully) isn't boring, and that's what it was all about.

I'd love to make a living as a writer, but the average for published novelists nowadays is only $15k a year. It's a hell of a supplemental income, but hardly enough to go it alone on. If I can manage to get published, and keep writing while doing CRM, I could be sitting pretty. Heck, I could even afford glasses!


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