Friday, August 10, 2012
Writing: "Between Engagements"
Parents learn a lot from their children, including something about their career paths. In this case, I've learned a good bit about show business. And one thing I've come to appreciate is the phrase, "between engagements."
An actor is never unemployed. He or she is "between engagements." They may have been working for six months as a server at The Cheesecake Factory, but they're not a waiter or waitress--they're an actor who's "between engagements."
I think that's true of writers, as well. If we write but have not had anything published yet, we're "pre-published." If we've had one book published, but no one has bought anything else we wrote, we're "working on our next book." And, you know, I think that attitude is good. Beverly Sills said something to the effect that you may be disappointed if you try, but you're doomed if you don't.
So long as we have the dream, we keep on trying. And it's not that our book is no good. It just hasn't hit the right desk yet. Until then, we're between engagements.