Publishing Vs Writing by Kimber Chin
Some of my writing buddies and I were talking about a recent author's decision to 'quit writing.' Many of us couldn't wrap our brains around the concept. Writing is such a part of us that we couldn't conceive of never tapping away at a keyboard ever again. We could, however, understand never publishing again. Publishing is work. Writing is pure joy.
I'm fortunate. Because I have a non-writing job that I love and will never ever quit, I don't publish for the money. I publish because every once in a while (usually once a year or so), I'll write a story I think readers will find interesting. The story usually offers something that I haven't yet seen in the romance genre.
So I'll take it past that wonderfully exciting first draft stage, complete about 11 more drafts, send it to my test readers, my pre-editor, my publisher, my editor, my copy editor, and eventually offer it up to my reader buds. I brave the reviews and reader feedback (not everyone gets these 'different' novels) because I believe there is a fellow reader out there in romance land looking for a story like mine
I'm thrilled when my ideas are scooped. I have many, many ideas. When another (often more talented) writer gets there first, I have one less idea I need to take through that long and often challenging process. Sometimes my novel is so far along in the process, I'll release it anyway (once the publisher accepts it, over a year before hitting online shelves, publishing is a done deal).
Publishing also gives me an excuse to yap about the romance novels I love (just finished Marriage Mart by Kelly Kirch – wow, wow, wow, a must read for any Regency Romance lover) and to hang out with my romance reading friends.
Oh, and of course, I share stories readers ask for. Reader feedback is important to me. Becky asked me for Gregory's story so I wrote Gregory's story this summer (tentative release date 2011). Sharon asked me for Tavos' story. His romance, Flawless, is being released February 2010.
I publish only for others. I write, however, for myself. I'm a visual creature. When I attend any seminar, I take notes. Heck, when I have coffee with friends, I take notes. Something about putting words on paper connects them to my brain.
That connection is needed. Writing is like dreaming for me. Dreams come from my brain but I don't have much control over them. I don't know what will happen. When I write, I don't know how the story will end (other than the happy ever after). I don't know what my characters will do or say or why they do or say what they do. The hubby laughs at me because, at the end of the writing day, I'll rush up to him, all excited, and say 'you'll never believe what happened in my book today.' He thinks I should know. I don't.
I can't imagine giving up that joy. I'll always write.
Kimber Chin also offers a free short story every week on http://businessromance.com.