Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Focus on the Words

From the blog Buzz, Balls & Hype, an excellent reminder that it’s the writing that matters. Sometimes writers get caught up in the promotional aspect, worrying that if we don’t send out all those little book postcards or spend our time developing a killer web site, no one will read our book. The truth is, all those postcards may help a bit, but in the end it’s the words in your book that will touch people, that are the only thing that have a shot at lasting. So, focus the bulk of your energy on the words.

The other thing is that the words should be what make YOU happy. Few people get rich in this business, so we can’t possibly be in it for the money. If you’re not writing because the act of writing fulfills some deep, achy need in your soul, I might suggest that you’re in for a long hard road ahead. The journey to create the book is as rewarding as the book itself.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.