"If you're not making lots of money from writing books, then why keep doing it?"
About eight years ago I was drowning in my life. I was overwhelmed with my day job, the kids, and all the responsibilities that came with them. I'm sure there are moms out there who can relate. I began writing my first book because I needed a creative outlet. Writing became my saving grace.
However, over the past year, I lost sight of why I was doing all of this in the first place. I had fallen into the trap that lots of authors get caught up in. I became obsessed with the "business of writing", instead of the writing.
I would perseverate on questions like, Why wasn't I selling more books? What was I doing wrong? New covers? Different genre? Facebook ads. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. Reader parties. Conventions. I lost countless hours of sleep, wasted time and spun my wheels trying to solve the enigma that is the publishing industry. My productivity went into the crapper and so did my confidence.
Why was I doing this?
I don't write books, build worlds, and create characters because of the cash I may or may not make. I write because it feeds my soul.
Hell, I would love it if my novels fed my bank account as abundantly as they do my spirit. No lie, dude. That would be awesome. They don't but I keep writing because I love it.