I need some answers
Hi Kelly - I think you rock too. You have always been so kind and supportive to me as a writer and you were one of the first publications on Medium to publish one of my short stories and yesterday I had the most amazing news. A publisher has offered me a contract to publish my debut novel so dreams do come true! Keep up the good work and things will pick up, I’m sure. ❤️
I know none of that was what you asked but I had that glass of wine and a bath and a laptop nearby and I’ve
moved on from my recent Substack piece which was completely satirical but I forgot to tag it as such and most of the comments completely missed the satire. But it made me happy to write it regardless of how it was received. All that to say, Kelly you are a rock star and the most dedicated motivated writer I know.
Sigh. So much waiting. Pitching. Job hunting. So little actual writing.
... I feel like this a lot.
What stops me from quitting is that I have no choice. I’ve been writing since I was about 8 years old. It’s something that I just need to do. But the last story I enjoyed writing? That’s an excellent question. And I wonder if the answer to that will help in my never ending search for a topic or niche. I’m so sorry about your week. All the kids gone at once! I hope you enjoyed at least some of it.
Thank you for sharing this, all writers have weeks like the one you had. I like the refreshing honest words. I wish you all the best. Have a great Thursday. Take Care.
I agree with the others, you rock, Kelly!
Will commiseration be good enough? Answers are overrated anyway. And you have a wide reaching international community of writers, to help when writing life sucks, for a week or a month or even a fortnight. I'm from the US and still don't know what a fortnight is. I think it's when you get a bunch of friends to bring over blankets and pillows and sheets and tall thing-a-ma-jigs that make it all stand up fort like? Or maybe I'm thinking of the game Fortnight. I just saw the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, so my sense of what makes community is a bit warped at the moment. The takeaway, I believe is to drink a glass of wine, listen to James Taylor's version of 'You've Got A Friend,' then take a hot bath with your laptop nearby, cause a wave of inspiration is about to hit and every reason you've ever felt in your entire life to be a writer will appear to you all at once. So get ready.