Happy 2013, Speakeasy Readers. Hope your holidays have been kind, that you’ve got some writing done, and you’re ready to start releasing some kick-ass work into the world this year. We’ve just settled back into the AWM offices this week, catching up on all the things we missed over the holiday break, but I wanted to take a moment to share some advice that showed up in our RSS feed.
I’ve been a fan of US author Tobias Buckell for a few years now, and it’s not just because he writes great science fiction stories. He’s one of many authors who has emerged alongside the widespread use of the internet, and he’s created the kind of digital platform that makes it possible to be a fan of the writer as well as the work.
Some of you may be familiar with the name – I’ve posted links to some of his posts in the Friday Fry-Up feature throughout 2012, and his post about using kickstarter to reboot a stalled novel series (and, perhaps, his life) is a particular favourite around the office.
This link was going to be part of next week’s Fry Up when we kick off next week, but the advice Buckell offers seems a useful way to kick of 2013 at the Speakeasy:
The success may come. It may not. But if you did work you love are proud of and don’t come at [the job of being a writer] with entitlement, you’ll always be proud of it…
I’ve seen a lot of writers get twisted up and bitter about that entitlement. They’ve worked so hard (and they have) and didn’t sell X… [I let expectations and bitterness sabotage me on my second novel, a hard but valuable lesson among many I learned on that book]
But in art, sometimes the hard work on a specific project doesn’t translate to success…
And that is hard [it really is] to take. But if you focus on the love of the work, then you have that. It can’t be taken away…
I told my intern if you want art to be your job, it needs to be your job now. You need to spend time on it like it’s your second job.
I told my intern once you write the work, and loved it, and created it, then you become mercenary. Put on small biz cap.
…once you’ve lovingly crafted widget, you try to sell it. But don’t assume your first widget will work, entrepreneur. Maybe next…
The entire post is worth reading, but those are the parts I’ll be keeping in mind when I sit down to write throughout 2013.
How about you, Speakeasy readers? What inspirational writing advice are you taking on board this year?