When You Know Writing Is Your Job

Posted by annastan on February 10th, 2014. Filed under: Dirt Diary, Little Robot, Writing Process.

I got a couple of great pieces of news recently. I found out that The Dirt Diary is going to be included in the Scholastic Book Club–hooray!–and I got a sneak peek of the sketches for my first picture book, Power Down, Little Robot–they’re ridiculously adorable! Of course, I took time to jump around and grin like crazy…but then I got back to work.

I think that’s the sign that I treat writing like a job now. I celebrate the good things, but I don’t let them distract me. I have deadlines to think about and new projects to develop. Back when my first book came out, every bit of news I got completely consumed me. And that was as it should be. It was all happening for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect, and I was just grateful that it was happening at all. I’m still grateful, but I’m also a little more pragmatic. After all, the next book isn’t going to write itself. (Although at this point in my revision process, I sure wish it would!)

This might all sound depressing, as if the joy of those accomplishments has somehow diminished over time, but I don’t think that’s true. In fact, those accomplishments feel even bigger now because they’re part of my overall writing life. Knowing that every writing day–good or bad–is contributing to something bigger is kind of amazing. I’m writing not just because I love it and because it’s what I want to be doing, but also because it’s my career.

6 Responses to When You Know Writing Is Your Job

  1. Ruth Schiffmann

    Scholastic book club – Yay!! Congrats =) How exciting to get that sneak peek at the illustrations for your PB. Lots of exciting stuff! Glad you can keep it all in perspective and still keep plugging away at the work to be done. Sounds like you’ve found your groove.

  2. Mirka Breen

    Congratulations, Anna. It is a perfect vehicle for your series, and so fitting since you are also a teacher.

  3. Jenni Enzor

    Congrats, Anna! Scholastic Book Club is awesome. I loved what you said here about staying grounded even when the good news comes.

  4. Karen Strong

    Keep up the good work, Book Twin! I know you can do this.

  5. Ann Herrick

    Congratulations on your book being selected for Scholasltic Book Club! How wonderful that writing *is* a career for you. :)

  6. Marcia Strykowski

    Yay for Scholastic Book Club! Great to hear that with more books it may become easier to get back to work after every little bit of news. :)