Please welcome special guest blogger, Terri Main
ON BEING A PROFESSIONAL WRITER, by Terri Main It's almost 9:30 on a Saturday night. I have a cold. My sister told me to take it easy, and, I did. Kinda. I had three blog posts due for three different blogs I'll be guesting on in the next two weeks. I checked on some clip art for a website I'm doing for a client. Later, I'm going to write another 500 words on one novel and edit five to ten pages on the novel I plan to release next month. That actually is taking it easy. I read a quote that really hit home for me this week. It came from Agatha Christie.
"There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well”
I've been privileged to spend the first act of my working life in the professional media and freelance writing. Then the second act doing my first love - Teaching College. Now, I'm into my third act writing full time. These have all been dream jobs for me.
But in each of them I've had that same "Ah, ha" moment Christie speaks of in this quote. Sitting late night in a radio station watching a huge reel turn on a tape deck riding gain on a "canned" program is not quite glamorous. Grading papers and sitting in on a committee meeting arguing over changing two words in the college mission statement isn't either. Neither is carefully checking for comma splices when you should be in bed drinking hot tea with honey and lemon on a Saturday night.
However, being a professional in whatever field means getting the job done even when that job is not interesting or exciting or you don't quite feel like doing it. This is not only true for writers, but for all professionals.
It is difficult at times, but the rewards are great. When I see the first upload of a new novel, Bible study or nonfiction book to Kindle, and people I don't even know start buying it and writing reviews, then all that work that went into the project including the boring parts, pays off.
Today, you may be looking at something you are doing that you thought would be more exciting. Don't discard it because there are parts that are not quite as exciting as you thought it would be. The mark of a professional is to press on through the difficult parts of a project to the joy of fulfillment in its completion.
Here is the book cover and short blurb of Terri’s new book, which releases next month.
When Dexter Harrington III was found dead in the entry way of his upscale Collins Township apartment dressed in a black cape with a stake through his heart, the moon's premier unofficial sleuths are called in to investigate. Criminology professor and former Dallas homicide detective and his forensics students take point with assistance from Dr. Carolyn Master, history/psychology professor and former FBI profiler. Their investigation leads through the seamy world of vampire play and even seamier world of Old Monied Families. They must not only find Dex's killer, but also stop a deadly action by corporate terrorists. (To be Released October 10)
Terri Main Bio: Terri Main is a retired college professor living in Reedley, California, with her five cats. She has written professionally for more than 40 years. Her writing portfolio includes magazine articles, short stories, a radio drama, advertising, video documentaries, Twenty Bible studies, three novels (with a fourth coming out in October), and writing oriented books. Her Dark Side of the Moon mystery series combines cozy mysteries and hard science fiction. She teaches several writing courses online. Her books can be found at http://amazon.com/author/wordmaster