So let’s get back to the conversation that we started with the post “Is there a haiku that has shaped your life somehow?”.
David Lloyd was a professor at my college who wanted me to sit in on one of his classes. The class was designed to give writers business tools. Many creative people who developed writing skills seemed to be missing the practical skills that would allow them to capitalize on their abilities, he said.
As a result many writers never got out of the gate when it came to writing careers. After going through my manuscript, Lloyd said he liked the poems and offered to help make sure that my skills didn’t go to waste. I could sit in on his class for free. It was a generous offer.
But, I was young and idealistic. The idea mixing business and poetry seemed wrong to me. I fell prey to the very syndrome he was trying to inoculate me against.
Is there an aspect of your writing career that presents a difficult hurdle for you? When it comes to the business side of writing, I often seem to shoot myself in the foot. Know what I mean?
Care to share what gets in your way?