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The unknown writer...

In a previous blog, I talked about the fact that writing isn't for the faint of heart. It takes time and patience, two things that are of a premium when you have a family and a full-time job. Precious are the hours, late at night, early in the morning, weekends, when you can steal time to write.

Then, once you complete the herculean task of actually finishing a book or story, you have to devote more time to editing, re-working, and polishing it. Then comes the submissions, and the inevitable rejections. You do that over and over until you get an acceptance, often for little or no money, until one day, you are no longer an unknown writer.

It's a tedious process that we go through, willingly, in hopes of creating something that people like and want to buy. It gets frustrating and every author thinks about giving up. Every single one. It's like arguing with someone you love. You get frustrated, angry, and maybe don't want to talk to them for a few days. But you love them and eventually come to your senses and patch things up.

Fortunately, many writers do not give up, and the world gets to reap the rewards of those magnificent books and stories.

In the end, for me, I write because I have something to say, a story to tell. Maybe I'll never be famous, almost assuredly I'll never be rich, but I am a writer. That's what I do and will continue to do. And for every reader out there who likes my work and appreciates it for what it is, I thank you. Without you, the reader, there would be no writers.

For me, the average time spent creating a book is around 300 hours. What you read in a few days takes months to create. Please, if you can, let the writer know what you thought by leaving a review. only about 20 percent of people leave reviews, but they are vital in a book's success.

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