The Bottom Line of Living and Writing
I found this out the hard way. I’d written Love Me If You Must, Kill Me If You Can, and Kiss Me If You Dare when newly single, living off an advance, settlement money, and whatever miscellaneous income I could muster from my bed & breakfast and vacation rental home business. I was certain the Patricia Amble Mystery Series would wow the multitudes and royalties would come pouring in, supporting my children’s food, shelter, and clothing habit.
But after completing my third manuscript last fall, I found myself without the income I desired, without a contract, without a saleable idea, and grasping at anything that might produce an advance. I drove my agent crazy with half-baked ideas, uncooked proposals, and raw one-liners.
The Big D --Desperation -- rarely acts as a catapult. More often, it starves our minds, sending us down rabbit trails that don’t pay off. I knew I had to do something different if I were going to continue writing.
I don’t write this as a bucket of cold water in the face of hopeful authors, but rather as a reality check for creative minds that veer toward optimism like a racecar with a blown tire. Slow down. Recalibrate. A great novel doesn’t have to be written on an empty stomach. Let J.K. Rowling keep her rags to riches story while the rest of us live out our own unique plots.
Maybe for now your story takes a sideline to the bottom line. Don’t whine about it. Embrace it. Put the emotional drama on the page where it belongs while you tend to the matters of daily living. Your reward will be the book contract that’s waiting just ahead.