Rollercoaster Ride

Writing is a tough game; like a freaking rollercoaster actually.
In the past week, the following has happened – I saw a draft cover illustration for my upcoming novella “Vaudeville”, which I really liked; I volunteered to review a favourite author’s novel, which was later published, I was invited to write an introductory line for another author’s story and; to top it all off I received a lowly royalty check and a form story rejection all in the same day.
I know, I know, I hear you saying “get over it, it comes with the territory” and yeah, you’re right, it does. I accept that. It’s just that writing is like you’re living with an addiction; you get good news and of course you’re on a high, then your legs get cut out from under you and you think to yourself, is all this effort worth it? My unhappy self says to me: “Why do you put all this effort in, writing, promoting yourself (and annoying others) on Facebook and Twitter, when you get very little in return?
Fortunately my happy-self chimes in and says: “Because you love writing – no matter what, you idiot!)
I’m not giving up – I’ve written about 11,000 words in the past fortnight – two short stories: a supernatural crime piece and a mad, fantastical and disturbing mythological tale that looks at the meaning of right and wrong.
Of course I want to be published (what author doesn’t?), of course it feels great to know people like your work, but it’s far better just to express myself and spill my imagination onto the page and get nothing in return.
And when the shitty royalty checks come and I receive a rejection I just have to remind myself of the two novellas I’ve had published, the third that’s on its way and the graphic novel that’s in its very final stages. I also need to remind myself that I’m not alone – there are hundreds of other writers out there on the same rollercoaster ride and hopefully, telling their unhappy selves exactly the same things.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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