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You know what they say about sharks

Obviously, it sucks. Publishing companies restructuring, magazines folding, bookstores cutting back on orders, people losing their jobs ... it sucks. I would have much preferred to release my first book under more stable and prosperous circumstances.

So, what can we writers do about it?

First, keep writing.

Second ... there is no second.

Just do the first thing.

Unless you don't want to be a writer anymore, in which case it's okay to stop. It's always okay to stop. That's a legitimate choice and you shouldn't be faulted for it, ever.

But if you still want to be a writer, just do the first thing.

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bogwitch64
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Writers write, published or not. Good or bad. Validated or unvalidated. It's what we do.

These are sad times, but they'll get better again. Those of us still plugging away will be ready. :)
sarah_prineas
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
You and I are in complete agreement about this.

And about bacon.


sarah_prineas
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Also...

What DO they say about sharks?
gregvaneekhout
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
They like to hang out here:

From San Diego - 2009
buymeaclue
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
That's even better than Joy Street!
charmingbillie
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
NEVER SURRENDER!!!
gregvaneekhout
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Urp!
charmingbillie
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I pretty much need to be reminded of this about every seven minutes.
gregvaneekhout
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
YOU WANT I SHOULD KILL MY LIVER????
charmingbillie
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I will make do with holding the memory in my heart.
jonhansen
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
A lot of people mix up writing and publishing. You, sir, do not. You are wise, etc.
bondgwendabond
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Yep. The best advice.
tim_pratt
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, and, you know, people are still selling books. Maybe not as many, and not to as many different places, but still. You and me could be some of those people.
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gregvaneekhout
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Hey, the stuff you're talking about is the really serious shit. You're talking about people being able to feed their families and live life with a little dignity, and hope for options for their children. You can't tell an unemployed steel worker to, you know, just keep making steel. So, yes, it's sad and bleak. But in a way, it just makes me feel a little bit lucky, because the work that's most important to me is something I can keep doing no matter what. When I was working a crappy 60-70/hr. week job, the one hour of writing I did in the morning was what kept me alive.

This is not the career I envisioned for myself when I was 20. Maybe it'll be that someday, maybe not, but regardless, I can always keep doing the thing that made me want to do this for a living in the first place.

And having said all that, I just wish a bunch of us could sit down right now with some good beer and tasty snacks and yuck it up con-style. :-)

gregvaneekhout
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
And also, I should keep in my mind that my novel ain't even come out yet! Maybe it'll sell TRILLIONS!!!

And if it does I'll fund a bailout package for writers, publishers, and booksellers.
krylyr
Jan. 28th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Good stuff, for sure. Thanks.
jedifreac
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you.
eljaydaly
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Hear, hear.

In Randy Pausch's last lecture, he has a great line, something like "The brick walls are there for a reason. They let you prove how bad you want something. They're there to keep the other people out."

kaitiana
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Amen and amen! =)
kellysarah
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Got to just keep at it. It does deflate my enthusiasm for working on short stories. I feel like my only chance at making a living lies in longer work.
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