1.) You’re wasting your time writing novels which don’t sell…yet. I understand, us writers comprise one of the most competitive, rewarding industries, and everyone who is not creating a literary work of art will never understand this culture of pen pushers (or keyboard typists). Yes, we can have a day job somewhere which composes most of our income, but even if we never make it big like Suzanne Collins or Stephen King, nobody can remove the enjoyment of writing. Personally, writing novels is what calms me despite my strict deadlines to keep the current project moving. You see, writing is more than a hobby one takes up to fulfill an underutilized passion. Writing is a way of life.
2.) How many books have you sold? Gee, not too many I suspect. In comparison to any new business in the district, consumer traffic will be slow regardless of whether you have marketing skills or none to mention. The truth is, yes, writing books as a career is a business all its own. Step one, write the first draft and edit until you believe the manuscript is ready for a professional editor. Step two, have someone edit the book (I went through Createspace, where I was rewarded with knowledge to improve future books), you understand what I mean. Nobody said being an author was an easy method to succeed in life. Nobody ever mentioned that writing as a career was meant to be filled with fame and fortune. However, I believe all writers, should they put in the effort to create product of words, are guaranteed to have satisfaction by the simple task of doing something few will complete much less attempt.
3.) Why don’t you do something much easier to make money? Are you crazy? Again, I’m not seeking fame and fortune as the end goal as a creative writer. True, I wish to live a decent existence where I can pay for groceries and medical expenses without worry of being poor. But deep down, I don’t have many needs or wants in this life I’ve been given. Besides, should I become the next famous author, the money will always be funneled to charity or innovative, scientific projects to help humanity. I may struggle with what I wish to accomplish in my second career, no matter what, writing novels will always be my number one passion.
4.) Why do you spend so much time alone? This seems to be a redundant statement from those who will never reach for the pen or keyboard the way creative writers do. Writing, similar to professions that include engineering and science jobs, is a job where someone spends the majority of their activities away from other people. Furthermore, most writers cannot stand a noisy environment in their workplace of choice because of the numerous distractions. Working at your favorite fast food restaurant or in some factory where earplugs are required to protect hearing is not our forte anyway. Besides, many writers are introverts, individuals who prefer to spend time alone as a means to reenergize; not because we are antisocial.
5.) I don’t understand your writing, your story didn’t make any sense. Ah, the inevitable accusation whether or not they are based in logic or ignorance. I understand, the first book anybody publishes for humanity to read will not be our best novel. True, some will receive an exemption as they rake in the newly obtained wealth because they struck the right cords with readers around the world. For most writers, we need to publish numerous novels to build our author businesses, we need to reveal our credibility as a brand before readers will pay attention; reputation. Take any athlete which has achieved high honors for their skills obtained from practice, repetition, and endurance as they believed they shall be rewarded for their hard work. Everyone starts their chosen passion as a beginner, don’t expect writers to have bestselling novels the first time they throw a pitch like the upcoming major league baseball player does in little league. Years will be required for most who wish to succeed regardless of their passion. Just because I wasn’t an overnight sensation with my first novel Snow Wolf doesn’t meant another of my novels, whether written or remain an idea or completed outline, will be my breakout product written with confidence and pride to create a literary masterpiece none shall ever replicate.