Hello hello hello, all my fans who live all over the world with a special hello to all my fans in Africa!
The Old Soldier just got done filling out a long online form that low-income seniors need to fill out if we are to keep certain benefits that are available to us. I won’t bore you with the details. And now I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll!
It has turned out to be a lovely, warm (70s) day full of sunshine in The ‘Burgh and I’m looking forward to listening to the Pirates home opener on the radio this afternoon.
Earlier today, I made my run to Armand’s in Little Italy for a quick beer and to pick up a six-pack and all is right with the world or at least in my little patch of the world.
But I digress.
Wow, my idea of success as a writer has always been to make money from my writing. I have. And I still do. Oh, I can’t run out and buy a car from my writing (blogging), but I do supplement the income that I get from my social security and two pensions.
I’ve probably been writing longer than most of you who are reading this have been alive. I don’t say this to be condescending. I’m just trying to pass on some insight about writing.
And you know what I’ve found out about writing? Most writers fail as writers because they give up. That’s it. They give up. They give up for many different reasons: they find out they can’t make a living at writing or they lose interest in writing or because life gets in the way and they can’t make time for writing…The bottom line is they give up.
So, if you want to succeed as a writer, if you want to succeed as a writer of erotica, don’t give up. This doesn’t mean you write like a robot. You still have to grow as a writer. You still have to cultivate whatever talent you have as a writer. You still have to study and grow in the craft of writing.
Jobs may come and go. Spouses may come and go. Boyfriends may come and go. Girlfriends may come and go. Lovers may come and go. Friends with benefits may come and go.
Just don’t give up.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette