Edie's post at Magical Musings got me thinking. She asked, "why do you think we love this business so much?"
My first reaction to that question was to laugh and say that I don't love the business at all. And then I was taken aback, thinking, why in the heck would I love the business?
(I do realize that was just her wording, and she really just meant why do you love writing?)
Anyhow, it made me think of teaching and piano. Both passions and loves. Both have been severely injured by business of it. Severely. There will be, I hope, a day where I can teach piano strictly on scholarship.
Because it doesn't matter what passion or love you turn into a money-making endeavor, it can easily spoil that passion or love. And just as easily completely destroy it. No matter if you dream of getting published every day, once you're making money from it, it's a completely different sport.
And so, as I was lying in bed and surfing blogs on my palm (took me two hours to get up this morning, because I knew I'd have to shovel when I did, LOL), I considered that I don't have any of those screwed-up feelings about writing. And I wondered why I thought of the writing business as a completely separate entity.
Then I realized: separating the business and the writing was the smartest thing I ever did. At home, I do the email stuff, the marketing stuff, the business stuff. I send my stuff. I do the internet thing. I do the next-step plotting and the career planning at home. I do the worrying at home.
But at Borders, I write, only write. And I read.
I realized: that's my protective bubble. That's what it really means to protect the writing. For me, separating the two means I never have to see the pressure of the business while I write. Separating the two means I never have to worry about my career while I write. It even means that I write at the speed of the story and not my pocketbook, which I'm not sure is an entirely good thing, LOL.
People often say to protect the writing from interruptions and distraction, to protect the writing in your schedule and your family's priorities.
But the smartest thing I ever did was to protect the writing from the business.