Recently, someone told me I have a lot of readers for my blog. While yes, I do have readers (and I appreciate every single one of you), but it didn’t come easy. I spend about 1-2 hours a day on WP. During that time, I read and comment on the blogs of people I follow. After that, I click on the tags I’m interested in and read those blogs.
If you haven’t noticed, I love to read other people’s post and then comment. Online, I’m not shy about my feelings, but in real life, it would take time for me to open up.
As I go through the various tags and blog posts, I’m noticing a pattern. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of writers on WP. Many of those writers are promoting their books, posting chapters, asking for reviews, holding contests, and giving away copies of their stories.
It got me thinking, at what point as writers can we be content? Many of the writers I talk to on WP are at different stages in their writing journey. Some of you have already published (self-published and traditional) your stories, others are about to start querying, and some are still writing their first drafts (me!!!). Also, other authors are promoting their work online, going to writer’s conferences, and networking.
To my surprise, my poem, Notice Me, For I am Small, got 28 likes. I was shocked at how many stars it got so quickly, but that also proved a lot of writers feel the same as me. If so many writers have already published and are still trying to get their books noticed, then at one point will I feel at peace?
Often, I wonder if the timeline for writing a story and publishing is linear.
Story Idea -> Plot Idea -> Write Story -> Rewrite -> Beta-readers -> Rewrite -> Editor -> Final Rewrite -> Query -> Agent -> Publish -> Market
Or Story Idea -> Plot Idea -> Write Story -> Rewrite -> Beta-readers -> Rewrite -> Editor -> Final Rewrite ->Market-> Self-publish -> Market -> Market -> Market
(This is just a vague idea, don’t hold me to this timeline)
That’s a lot, and I’m sure I didn’t write all the steps some writers take to write and promote their stories.
As I was looking at both paths, I decided I wouldn’t be content until I reached the one called Publish or Self-publish. It’s a long road ahead, and I’m curious, what stage will satisfy you?
Will you be content just finishing your story, or do you want to publish it for the world to see?