She broke the rules and issued me with an adult library ticket and (with some supervision) I had the entirety of literature at my hands... or so it felt, my local library wasn't that well stocked! It was then I decided to see my name in a book.
It's a common ambition. Many people I know say they would like to write a book. It's not all it's cracked up to be and here's why...
1) It is too fragile
My first acceptance happened with my second submission. I was over-joyed. I was truly that talented! (I was a deluded fool!) Then the company folded. My story was in the limbo between writing and publication and I learned the harsh lesson - whatever people can give, they can take away.
2) It is fickle
The story that died along with the company was resurrected. The editor of that particular anthology took the stories and the contracts and got the book printed elsewhere. I was suddenly climbing again.
3) It is time consuming
Sitting in a quiet room with just a computer keyboard for company can, at times, be the loneliest place on Earth. Arguing with yourself over where a comma should be and if that word you have just typed is the right one to use can drive you utterly insane. I recently posted on Facebook a sentence that greatly pleased me - in the version I submitted that sentence is massively changed, a victim of the evil god - Rewrite.
4) It is never good enough
No matter how well you plan a story or many times you edit it, you will always spot a typo or a malapropism. You have a desperate urge to change it but it's too late - it's in print already!
5) The story you write is never the story you envisioned
Big chucks of your tale fall through the plot holes. Characters up and leave, turning their backs on your incompetence. Test readers begin sentences with the dreaded, "It's just like..." When these things happen, there is only one option: REWRITE!
Grammatically correct English is the rarest thing on Earth. No matter how many rules you learn and adhere to slavishly - there are always more. For example: I am nearly 40 and I am still trying to get my head around when I use 'that' and when it should be 'which'. It's only three years or so since I learned the difference between 'its' and 'it's'. This is just basic stuff, it get complicated...
So why do it? If all I can do is bitch and moan about it? That would be number 7...
7) It is so rewarding
You've thought of a story. You've written it. You've listened to test readers. You've rewritten it. You've proof read it until your eyes bled and finally you submit it and... wait. When an editor finally gets back to you with a "Yes." it is the most sublime feeling. When you finally get to speak to someone who has read it and loves it then that feeling is far in excess of the original buzz. It's a drug. I am addicted to the highs of acceptance and I don't care who knows...