Tip of the day: Want to see a peek into my revision process? Go HERE for a nice revision medley that pretty much summarizes my process.
Okay, here it is. The big question. The one every author ponders at one time or another. Well, unless you’re one of the select few who are able to do both, which is no small feat.
Would you rather write a book that earns a prestigious award or have a New York Times Bestseller?
I will admit, there’s a part of me that would love to be recognized some day with an award for my writing. It’s like the ultimate validation or something – an award means you really are a GREAT writer, correct? And who doesn’t want to feel that way? Because in some ways, I think if we don’t get any awards, it’s easy to think, well, I must be a NOT-SO-GREAT writer then. Like there isn’t anything in the middle, which of course there is!
I compare it to cooking. I’m not really much of a cook, but I make lasagna, soup, chili, stir-fry, etc. None of them are especially GREAT. Still, we like them, and we eat them. So, just because I don’t have my own restaurant with five-star reviews, does it mean my cooking sucks? No. It’s good. It’s fine.
Pretty much like my writing.
Now, back to the question. Today, at this moment, with my 401K basically in the toilet and tuition bills for my kids on the not-so-distant horizon, I’m going to go with a NYT bestseller. Yes, I’ll admit it, I want the fame and fortune and to heck with the prestige.
But that’s today. Ask me in a few months, and I may have a different answer.
What about you?
~Lisa, Miss Crafting a Career