Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books in lots of weird genres like fantasy (Blood of Kings and Kinsman Chronicles), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). She had a podcast/vlog at www.StoryworldFirst.com. You can also find Jill on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or on her author website.
When I was starting out, I loved hearing writers tell their journey to publication stories. There was something inspiring about how real most of these stories were. I never heard a "It was my first pitch and I got an agent and I sold a million books and now I have a movie" type of story. Sure, some authors had to wait longer than others to make their first sale, but I loved looking for the common thread in every story: hard work.
It's true, writing is hard work. But it's also fun. If you find yourself working so hard that you're no longer having fun, then I'd tell you to take a break and re-evaluate why you're doing it. It's important to pay attention to your feelings and what they are trying to communicate. "Hey, you. Stop and rest and listen."
So here is my story (as fast as I could tell it). You might have heard parts of this before, but this is the first time I've put it on video. (The second time, actually, because the first try I ended up with a twenty-seven minute video that I knew I'd never edit down to anything I could fairly call "short . . .")