I’m delighted to welcome Louise Voss to my blog today. Louise has written a very interesting guest post which I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I did.
The Seven Deadly Sins of a Writer
Although a writer’s life can be wonderful, most of us experience a whole raft of emotional side-effects to this perilous way of earning a crust. I suspect we all have a pretty full house of the Seven Deadly Sins bubbling away under the surface. But put a different slant to them, and you can, I reckon, turn each one into something positive… I hope this doesn’t sound too Pollyanna-ish – what do you think?
SLOTH – Whenever I say I’ve finished another book, people often respond with admiration and comments like, ‘wow, you’re so prolific!’ I confess that, without fail, this makes me feel like a fraud. Yes, I have written six novels and co-authored six more – but this is over a period of seventeen years. Compared to many of my crime-writing peers, my output is meagre, verging on embarrassingly so. I mean, some people routinely write two novels a year! But it’s all relative, and we all work at different paces, so I remind myself that it takes as long as it takes.
PRIDE – those rare but wonderful occasions when you get a great review, a sniff of film interest, or perhaps hit the higher echelons of the Amazon charts. My feeling is that pride, if kept in check, is actually the reward for all the other disappointments that a writer’s life inevitably brings – but obviously no-one likes a braggard. So if you do find you have something to boast about, best be aware of the fine line between self-promotion and arrogance…
ENVY – that’s a very obvious one, one which I challenge any living writer not to have experienced at some point or another. One of the things I most love about the writing community is how supportive we all are of each other, and we are all genuinely delighted when one of our number gets a fabulous new book deal or a No.1 chart position. It doesn’t mean we don’t secretly feel envy too on occasion. But it’s completely natural, and I reckon envy can be a good incentive to work a bit harder. A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.
GREED – the constant ‘could do better’ness about the business – have I got into the top 500? Great, but I need to be in the Top 100! Top 100? Not good enough. Need to be in the Top 20….Top 10…how great would it be to get into the Top 5?…etc. etc. But again, is this greed or ambition?
GLUTTONY – yup. And many of us have a writer’s bottom to show for it. Come on, give me a break, it can be pretty tedious sitting at the kitchen table on a laptop all day long, with the fridge just yards away, calling to us. And yet, I know that I reward myself when I’ve worked hard, with a few chocs or a decent bottle of wine. That’s not gluttony, is it? My mum’s voice comes to me: ‘Everything, but in moderation…’
LUST… well, that’s one of the least of them, unless you bracket it with envy when lusting after someone else’s advance, book jacket, sales figures, TV appearances, killer twists, and so on.
WRATH is an interesting one. We’ve all read about these spats between authors, or authors and their publishers, or – often – authors and people who leave them horrible reviews. I guess that mostly comes down to personality though.
It’s all about the perspective, really, isn’t it, like most things in life.
Which would be the worst of your seven deadly sins?
About Louise Voss
Louise Voss is a no.1 best-selling author with twelve novels under her belt, encompassing both contemporary and crime fiction. Six of the latter are co-written thrillers with Mark Edwards, the most recent being two DI Lennon titles, From The Cradle and The Blissfully Dead. She has just completed her latest solo psychological suspense novel, The Old You , which will be out in 2017.
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