I ambush the kids for a hug as they arrive home from school (not easy with teenaged boys). I listen to their stories, then I’m pushing them to do homework. Tonight it’s my turn to cook. While I chop onions and peppers, I’m thinking about my Main Character again. My MC is trying to lose 45 pounds. Part of my research is to lose a little weight myself to know how it feels. So I’m resisting the urge to nibble even while cooking dinner, with my stomach growling. Does this count as multitasking?
Approaching your work as something you want to sell and not as a slice of your soul changes what you see when you’re reading it. For the better. The results can be the difference between writing that is genuinely good and writing that grabs hold of your reader and takes them for a ride.
But I’ve learned the passion of creation by their example: write like mad, polish them like mad, submit like mad, and even if the babies come to nothing, set about making my writing babies again.
And just like with the angelfish babies, rejoice that they lived and swam free, at least for a while.
Who knows, maybe someday, one of the angelfish babies would survive. It would become more than a tiny tadpole, actually grow fins and swim at large.
In the meanwhile, what I and my angelfish can do is create, with passion and commitment. Results be damned.
Today, Elisa Hirsch talks to you about advertising your book, which is now part of a writer’s job, whether self-published or published traditionally.