Buckle up, y’all.
I want to take a minute to talk about this crazy writing life.
Half the people in my world are authors, so they get it.
But in the real world, away from the computer, people don’t understand exactly why it is that I’m constantly attached to a device.
Words are hard.
And they don’t write themselves.
Words make up chapters, which make up books, which ultimately make the money to pay for more words.
And it takes time to make words do what you want them to.
To tell the right story. The right chapters.
After you write them, you’re not done.
Then, you have to edit those words.
And you have to get your cover created, your book description written, and you have to make sure it gets formatted correctly to distribute to the different retailers.
You’ve got to give your book to reviewers (if that’s something you do).
You’ve got to announce that book of yours, too.
Releasing the book comes next, along with marketing, ads, newsletters, promotions, audiobooks, creating or arranging graphics, website updates, blog posts, reviews, and getting your words out there for people to actually see.
Some people have teams to help, which they pay for with the dollars they earn from their words.
Words are hard, y’all.
Making the words.
Finding the words.
Tricking them into doing what you want.
Word-working from home isn’t just locking yourself in a room to get it done.
There are children (both human and animal), chores, food, and partners that all need your attention or a piece of your time.
Often right when you’ve gotten into your groove.
Words are so effing hard.
It’s not just going to work, punching the clock and doing your work, only to go home at the end of the day.
The words follow you around the house.
They go with you on vacation, and they steal your dreams.
The words aren’t just a spigot you can turn on and off whenever you want. They’re a constantly flowing waterfall that sometimes roars, and other times barely trickles.
But they’re always there.
Always waiting for you to turn them into a chapter. And that chapter into a book.
So if you have someone in your life that writes and works from home, I hope you take the time to understand that they’re not telling you no when you want to go out. Or when they’re on a deadline for a book.
Words are hard.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t care.
So freaking much.