Behind Me

My biggest obstacle in writing is surviving the dry spells. Empty page. Blank screen. No sales. The times I’m tempted to give up and go back to do something more secure like scrubbing toilets. Right now is a good example. I’m struggling to finish this post.

I know, deep inside, that drop of water will eventually come. Maybe, if I’m lucky, turn into a downpour. After all, filling the blank page or screen is just typing one word after another.

Yeah. Like digging another Grand Canyon with a teaspoon.

The “peddling of your wares” is another kind of struggle. There’s no magic potion. Marketing tips from cover design to the correct tagline on getting noticed abound. The literary landscape is littered with names. Big and small, forever and forgotten, some discovered after death and some never at all. I know this and keep writing because that’s what I do.

Waiting out dry spells just takes patience, and going forward.

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About John Northcutt Young

I write. Remember making-up stories from spelling words in the fifth grade. A journalism degree followed. Thanks for looking.
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