So far this week we've talked about two traits writer's have in common: Guilt and Guts. Today we're on to the final G of the writer's life: Glory, or should I say lack of glory?
Writers spend countless hours creating, writing, editing, re-writing, querying, crying, querying again, then writing some more. We all know there's very little monetary reward in the process. Often there are far too few compliments and even fewer pats on the back.
On the surface, the glory of the unpublished writing life looks nonexistent. And the published author's life doesn't sound much better. We hear stories of tight deadlines, writer's block before those tight deadlines, massive marketing pressures, a poor economy for selling books, very low financial returns.
The bottom line is that most of us won't experience fortune and fame. Of course it's fun to dream big, but the reality is that very few of even the best of the best end up with the next Pulitzer or best seller.
I'm realizing the glory of the writer's life doesn't lie in the outward glamor. Rather, the glory lies much deeper--it's a satisfaction in having created, having breathed life into something that's so much bigger than ourselves that has the potential to touch other lives.
Each of us finds some kind of pleasure in writing other than money or prestige or we'd have given up long ago. In the comments of the previous post, some of you shared the deeper reasons you write. Here are just a few:
Heather Sunseri: That's also how I deal with rejection or lack of 'praise or pay.' I write for God, first, and for myself second. And He and I want to know how the story ends.
Jeanette Levellie: Words are in my heart and my brain and my blood and my hair, demanding to be shared. I can't not write. If one life is changed because of something I wrote, and God is proud to call me His child, it will be worth all the stuff.
Sherrinda: I have not wanted to give up on a dream. . . To say I have done it. I wrote a book! To write something that would give someone as much pleasure as reading books has given me would be the ultimate prize.
Katie Ganshert: I love it waaay too much to give it up. Plus, I would probably go psycho. My brain would explode with too many words stuck inside.
Others of you mentioned that writing makes us happy, provides a creative outlet, helps us grow personally, fulfills us. These are the things that bring glory to the writing life. Sure, none of us will complain when we get a royalty statement someday, but ultimately, the real glory, the real fulfillment, is what happens deep inside us when we write.
To end on a lighter note, we all like to dream that someday we might get a little taste of the glamor of the published author life. What glory are you most excited to experience once you're published?