I think that Stephen King is a good author-ly voice to heed. He certainly knows how it’s done–he can buy all the groceries he wants, now! In fact, I think he’s hit the nail on the head. The nail is the problem, of course. And King might have been defining success, but I believe he’s actually defining the issue many aspiring “writers” face: bein’ considered legit. Street credit, if you follow.

Joyful Overestimation

I’m the kind of writer who joyfully overestimates his own ability every time I sit down to type.  And I’m sure I’m not the only one…  I smile, pull open my laptop, look at the pages before me and think, “finish editing the whole book today? hell yeah!” One paragraph later: “finish the whole chapter today?  Of course!” Thirty minutes and a few sentences later: “finish the paragraph today?  OBVIOUSLY!” And then I get three sentences done. But even that doesn’t diminish the feeling I get when I start working.  I…