After the bitter disappointment of last week when the release of my first book was postponed yet again, I have had time to take stock. For a writer, the ultimate goal is understood to be publication, and the recognition even if only by a small number of readers, that the work that went into producing that book was worth it. But when there’s a glitch in the publication process, when something happens that pushes the finishing line further into the future, the question arises: is publication really what it’s all about?

I have one book that is caught up in the tangled web of editing to a publisher’s satisfaction. But I have others, other worlds, other stories that I have written and revised, more that are waiting to be set down and brought to light. I started a new story today and I realise that the satisfaction to be had from creating not the story, because there is nothing new under the sun, but the way of telling it is enough in itself. The satisfaction of writing that final line, when the words come just right, and the story is told, is not like the excitement of knowing that a story is available to be read by millions of people. It is a deeper, more personal contentment, and I am happy with that. Publishers publish. Writers write.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

18 thoughts on “Writing”

  1. It’s a compulsion, isn’t it? I find my fingers itching and I get very restless if I don’t have the chance or opportunity to spend some time putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard!

    1. When you get an idea, or the right words to say something suddenly hit you (I find it’s often when I’m brushing my teeth) you just have to note it down, look at it, admire it, and breath a great sigh of satisfaction.

      1. Inspiration seems to hit me at work, when I can’t get a chance to write them down. (I should stop day dreaming there and do some work…)

    1. I don’t suppose many writers think about getting rich, not until the money starts rolling in, anyway. Just doing it is draining enough, never mind the grubbing about for sales that goes on afterwards.

  2. Yes, I said the very same thing somewhere else this week. It was about sales and I said that sales are wonderful but at the end of the day the joy is in the writing. I hope the publishing problems are sorted soon but in the meantime I hope you find great joy in the act of creating.

  3. That’s a great attitude, Jane. There’s always another story to write, or another tale to tell. You are a Writer and you always will be. There will always be another story inside you that only you can tell.

    1. I’m trying to keep focused on the important things. No doubt it’ll be much more difficult when I see the revisions and have to get back into the ‘old’ story again.

  4. I was wondering what was happening. Hang in there, its a wild ride when its finally out there, and well worth the wait. And in the meantime, as you say,you can write your next best sellar. Looking forward to the release.

    1. Thanks Jacoba. I’m just writing and revising stories for the moment. I don’t feel concentrated enough to start planning another novel. There are already a couple of projects that are just started that I need to finish first.

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