As I sat in online chat last night (yes, a guilty pleasure) somone who had been poking around in my writings here asked me "How can you do that? Isn't sitting in front of the computer just typing to youself boring?"
Well, I imagine from the outside it looks as exciting as watching a slow download. But it's something I want to, need to, HAVE to do. And that's almost impossible to explain to a non-writer.
First, I have a story to tell. Several, in fact - possibly too many to get ou tin what's left ofmy lifetime. There's a pressure inside to GET THIS DOWN, even if some of it may never see the light of day. The darn thing wants to be told, no matter how I feel about it.
Second is the personal pleasure I get out of being told I amused, entertained, enlightened, or made someone happier for even a moment. I'm not mornally a people kind of person, but I enjoy it when someone likes what I've written.
After that it's down into being sick and tired of writing software, after 35+ years every new project looks like something I've already done. Let's do something different!
What about money? Oh, please, I have no illusion that I'm going to be the next J. K. Rowling. If I can make enough off my writing to live reasonably well, I'll call it success. It won't pay as well as software engineering, but then I won't have to dress nice for work every day.
Back to reading "Self Publoishing Attack" for me! A great read full of excellent information on self-publishing, I have to recommend it to anyone wanting to go indie or take their writing career to the next level.