Art is the creation of a story. Craft is learning/knowing how to write the story. Business is selling the story.
I’ve never had any problems creating stories. The opposite is probably more accurate. My story ideas file is bulging at the seams, and I’m adding more all the time.
I have giant melons that morph into space crafts. I have lonely roads on dark and stormy nights. I have sensual species that dwell among us. (NOT vampires, werewolves, or zombies) I have rhyming couplets and poems. I have post-apocalyptical and pre-sentient worlds to explore.
Will I use them all? Probably not, but if I don’t write them down and file them securely away, will I need them? Absolutely … No, I am not bereft of story ideas.
I know the basics of my craft. There is always more to learn, but I’m confident of my skills. I trust that I can look at my writing and know what I need to do next. I have a file (of course) called ‘Tools’ wherein I store tidbits of wisdom from across the globe about the craft of writing. My favourite of which is ‘R.U.E.’ Resist the Urge to Explain. (I love my backstories and worldbuilding)
And I understand the theory of selling myself and my work, but the practice of it? Having my manuscript accepted by a publisher (a real one) means that I’m doing something right, but from here on in? … well, I’m about to get a crash course in it.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
“For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded” – James M Barrie