Monday, January 31, 2011

What is The Point?

So you're a writer. Which means you spend a lot of time sitting alone in front of a computer. It's just you and the pain, as they say. (g) You'll need fortitude to keep going. Because at some moment -okay, at many moments- in time you will wonder to yourself, "What is the point?"

This may happen when you can't get past a plot hole, or get your wip to come together in a cohesive way, can't shave thousands of words off the word count, can't add 25k to the word count, can't find an agent, can't find an editor, get a bad review, get dropped from you publisher...

The list is grand and varied and I've heard all these issues before. I've heard of writers who writes ten books only to have each and every one of them get rejected, never to find an agent. I've heard of writers who get an agent yet never sell. I've heard of writers who sell but their numbers fail and their publisher doesn't pick up that next book. It's a hard place to be, and inevitably, these writers ask themselves, "what's the point?"

Behind each of these examples lies a writer who never gave up, who stuck in despite adversity and made lemonade out of lemons. They dug deep and came up with an answer to, "what's the point?"

So the question of the day is this: what is the point? What does it mean to you? Why keep going? Find the answer and hold it up during those dark hours, because believe me, there is a point. (g)

--something to keep you going:


  1. LOL! Wait a minute--*I'm* writing the "Best Book Ever!" LOL! I love it. Thanks, Kristen, for making me laugh. ; )

  2. Hey, the creator's got a Turkish last name!
    And darn it, I keep waffling between 'what's the point' and 'I love my story!'