Highlight the ones that apply to you and go confess your sins afterward.
#1 We stalk our readers on Goodreads to see what their progress updates say
But only because we value and crave feedback. Not because we’re paranoid. Why would we be paranoid?
#2 We don’t write as much as we pretend to
Raise your hand if you’ve tweeted #amwriting when you’ve done nothing of the sort. Good, now put it down and get to work.
#3 We do care about the money
Despite a hundred wise (and obnoxious) sayings to the contrary, most of us want to earn money through our writing, and it’s frustrating when sales are constantly flatlined. Not that I’m trying to be a Scrooge, but “I write because that’s who I am” doesn’t pay many expenses.
#4 We have at least one genre we hold a grudge against, though we’d never say so out loud
For me, it’s paranormal romance (sorry?). For you, it might be fantasy, and I forgive you.
#5 Knowing someone’s reading our book scares the sock monkeys out of us
Because a fraction of our soul is about to be either approved or rejected and if that doesn’t make you break a sweat, I don’t know what will.
#6 We easily get jealous of right-place-right-time authors who pop out of nowhere and make big bucks without visible effort
Is jealousy a fault? Yes. Is it natural? Also yes. But while we applaud the writers who find success through hard work, every now and then it genuinely feels like some people get it all handed to them and then some. (Oh, and is it a coincidence that those out-of-nowhere bestsellers tend to be the mediocre ones? Maybe. I’m trying not to be too salty here.)
#7 We joke about procrastination when it’s actually a legitimate problem
Every time I scroll down my Twitter feed I spot a few tweets making some snarky remark about procrastination. And yes, I do it too. But still…if we did something to solve the issue instead of seeking mutual giggles on social media, perhaps we’d have less to tweet about and more to publish? Oops.
Disclaimer: I wrote the list based on personal experience, so take it with a grain of salt. Got anything to confess or add? Drop a comment below. Subscribe and follow me on Twitter to receive your complimentary bunny in a teacup.
And as always, have a great day!