Melissa Haag… Being an Author: Breaking the Myth

MelissaIf you write a book, people will read it. I mean, that’s the point of writing a book, right? Readers
will read it, tell other readers about it, and an author can sit back and enjoy the money and fame their
writing will bring. Yeah, not so much.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love being an author. I love dreaming up the worlds I write about. The characters come alive in my mind and on paper. That I can share it with readers is cool. But, it’s not an easy or glamorous job (yep, I used the J word!).
There are no housemaids to do my laundry or cooks to make meals so I can keep writing. I still have everyday life responsibilities like washing dishes and paying bills. People don’t shout my name when I go into public places.
Being an author doesn’t mean wide spread fame or fortune. Being an author is a job like any other. It requires time and dedication to do well. It means sleepless nights worrying about deadlines and audience satisfaction. It means investing a ton of hours (and pieces of my soul) into each book I write. It means opening myself to public criticism for each word I’ve typed.

No, being an author isn’t easy. Then again, most jobs worth doing aren’t.



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2 Responses to Melissa Haag… Being an Author: Breaking the Myth

  1. mkmacinnes says:

    As long as I think of it as a journey or a process (aren’t most writers self-therapists?), I can never be disappointed with the outcome. And as long as I can earn enough money to keep a roof over my head, food in my mouth and still have free time to satisfy my creative impulses, it really doesn’t matter a jot that it’s not making me any money. That will probably come one day when I’m not forcing it. In the meantime, I just enjoy the ride. I can only speak for myself but suspect that this will be the case for many other writers …


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