I’ve been writing and publishing for over 40 years. It’s been a long, fascinating, unpredictable and (mostly) fun journey. Writing has changed me in ways that I could never have foreseen, and the publishing industry has reinvented itself in ways that were impossible to predict. Nothing in this business is static. Boredom should never be an issue for a passionate and committed writer.
I believe that the best days for writers lie ahead. In fact, they are here, now. There’s no reason to look back at the halcyon days of traditional publishing. It was fun in its heyday but, today, publishing your work can be even more rewarding. In fact, it can be a creative process unto itself, one that offers opportunities and freedoms that traditional publishing could never match.
There’s so much to say and I want to keep this a word-bite, not an epistle. Let me start with one, simple but profound observation from an old hack writer: There are many, many excellent writers out there who have never realized their dream of being published. A few of them could care less about publishing; they write for the sheer enjoyment of it. However, they are the minority. Most want to see their words reach a wider audience. It’s a natural, inevitable finishing point for most writers.
Over the past few years I’ve spent an increasing amount of time trying to help writers hone and publish their work. It’s fun for me and a kind of “payback” for my good fortune. Here’s the kicker, the great realization that gives me such a hopeful outlook for the future. Many of these writers are far better at their craft than I ever achieved. There is some real talent out there, just waiting to be discovered. Better still, there are many effective and fun ways to get those precious words into the public arena.
I’m convinced that the number of very talented but undiscovered writers is huge. You can see it in their early works, read it in their thoughts and feel it in their passion. Now, this kind of talent rarely drops immediately from the Writing Gods to paper. Writing is both an art and a craft. It takes time, help, good fortune and guidance to create a successful writer from the raw talent that first shines through. It is not a simple path to follow but, in the end, it’s a rewarding one.
So, to all those undiscovered writers out there, keep the fires burning bright. I know there is great talent in those quiet corners. I’ve seen it myself. Never stop chasing that dream. When you take that break from the keyboard, look around for all the possibilities of getting your work in front of others. They seem limitless.