Eric started the blog chain this time with the awesome topic: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of being a writer? What is your greatest reward from writing?
My mom always told me, "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it."
It's true. I'm living proof that a wish can come back to bite you in the butt. (I'll spare you the teethmarks.)
When I was younger, I only wanted to write.
I loved writing so much as a pastime that I wanted a day job that involved writing, too.
So that's what I yearned for, prayed for, wished for.
And that's what I got.
I'm a news writer by day, fiction writer by night.
I don't mean to be a Negative Nelly, but sometimes it sucks.
Don't get me wrong. I love my job and I love my hobby. And I'd be lying if I said one doesn't compliment the other.
But it's really easy to burn out.
In fact, I've been struggling with that issue for almost a year now, and sometimes the temptation to give up the fiction aspect of writing nearly overwhelms me.
Thankfully, the voice of reason has always stepped in to remind me how much I like daydreaming about characters and exploring what-ifs. I love the feeling of finding just the right word. I especially love it when a phrase turns in a such a way that I have to catch my breath.
So far, those rewards have made the struggle with burnout worthwhile.
What are your biggest struggles and rewards?