I had lunch with an author friend of mine the other day when the weather permitted us to get out and about. It was still cold, low single digits. We meet at one of the local coffee shops and talked about what was going on with the weather, the world and our lives. About half way through our lunch, my friend simply said, “I’m considering giving up writing!” I pushed back in my seat and just stared for the longest time.
“Why?” I eventually found my voice. He gave me a half smile, then said that his books weren’t selling well and then he proceeded to tell me about the occasion where he meet a foreign exchange student at the university where he works who made a profound statement. The young man was from Africa and his statement was this: “Everyone in America is writing a book!” My author friend said that he went home with that thought haunting him the entire evening and for several days afterward.
“It’s true!” he shot back at me. “Just look on Amazon!” I have to admit that my lunch with my friend gave me a new perspective of the books I see on Amazon and our local Barnes and Noble. Just how does one really make it writing these days? Certainly not my friend, who has to work at a real job and not rely on book sales to feed him and his family. It gave me pause to really rethink that even what I put down here on this blog is really worth the time and effort.
There is so many words and so many books out there that getting lost in the numbers is a very real thing. One has to wonder why bother anymore?