Playing the Long Game

There’s a concept… well, more of a fact that the writers I follow on Twitter repeat over and over: writing is a long game.

What exactly does that mean? Well, exactly what it says: building a writing career doesn’t happen overnight.

Okay, the occasional writer wins the publishing lottery: their debut sells for six-figures, it immediately hits the New York Times Bestseller List, and movie studios bid millions of dollars for the movie rights.

But that’s not the norm. Most writers fight–tooth and claw–to establish a mid list career over decades. They battle publisher shenanigans, poor marketing, and even books that just don’t sell (to publishers or readers) despite being absolutely amazing.

A writing career isn’t for the faint of heart.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the writing career that I want, but I haven’t put as much thought in the steps that’ll get me there. And the challenge is going to be thinking two steps ahead while still staying focused on finishing and editing a draft. I’m up for it though.

So what’s my first step? Easy: finish this draft of the blog serial. Second? Tackle the first draft of Project Voss. After that? I guess I’ll figure it out when I get to that point.

Because at the end of the day, I want to accumulate a substantial backlist and earn an audience that’ll grow slowly but surely. It’s going to take time. But that’s okay. Writing is a long game, after all.