Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pep Rally

Not sure if this happens to every writer out there, but motivation levels around my place have been down the tubes for a while. This could be attributed to a number of factors, of course, but if I had to pick one more than any other, it would be the lack of positive outside reinforcement.

Whatever does that mean?

Well, for a writer who's been published as I have, it's in copies sold and royalties. These details will be another post for another time, but things have been pretty dismal the last couple of months. When one tells stories, the ultimate hope is that they'll be read. So, disappointment runs rampant when the results don't meet our expectations. It's definitely made me wonder whether continuing to write more material is worth the effort.

But then, I wouldn't be able to stop, because the stories won't stop coming...

So, the stories will continue to be written, and the skull will continue to get pounded against the wall until I've ended up in a bloody, unconscious mess...because that's what writing is. :-)


As a writer of science fiction action-adventure, T. M. Hunter’s stories have appeared in such publications as Ray Gun Revival, Residential Aliens and Golden Visions Magazine, and have received critical acclaim, twice (2007, 2009) receiving a top ten finish in the P&E Readers Poll. His two novels from Burst Books, Heroes Die Young and Friends in Deed, continue to receive a fantastic reception from his readers, as have his short story collection Dead or Alive (from ResAliens Press), his novella Seeker, and his brand new novel, The Cure. Learn more about T. M. Hunter, then read free excerpts and stories at


Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting stat I discovered while doing research for a workshop and DVD entitled "So you what to write a novel?"

The average number of copies sold across all titles released in the USA is 200 copies per book. Not the 10,000 or 100,000 you'd expect, is it. Attendees to the workshop are shell shocked when they hear those numbers.

Michael Davis (
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

TK Toppin said...

I completely agree with you. Negativity, in any form, whether it's low sales or 'perimeter elements' (by that, I mean phone ringing, people, day job, daily life...) really brings you down from a writing high. Lately, I find I'm in the same I get sea-sick. Hope you manage to get out of your funk.

January Bain said...

Life as a writer is not as glamorous as outsiders believe. You can only do it for the love of it. But I can see your point in wanting to share your stories with others and the pleasure that will bring to them, and ultimately to you in getting them away from the worries of this world by living in the one you've created.