Sometimes I look at my writing career compared to JK Rowling or Tolkien and wonder, “What’s the point?”. When we started indie-publishing, I figured books just flew off the shelf — you just had to finish them. I’ve been surprised by how much work it takes to get the word out about new books (but I’m glad I didn’t know how much effort it took or I may have never started).
In the pit of marketing despair I always realize that I’m am upset because I was excited about writing for the wrong reasons. I love writing because I love to write…. I think of all the happy memories writing in the Wellington Library, my black lazy-boy chair and now with my son sleeping on my lap. That’s why I write… and that’s also why you should do anything.
If you tie your happiness to goals you don’t have much control over (like getting everyone to like you), then you’re bound to be miserable. But if you tie your happiness to things you can work towards (like deciding to write every night), life becomes a lot more enjoyable…. and it’s much easier to get through the harder times!