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Just a rant

Post by willow on Tue May 19, 2009 10:54 am


I’m just ranting here, so bare with me.

I finished my first ms in January. Since then, I have edited and edited and oh yeah…EDITED. I also managed to start four other stories. All of which seem to want to be novels. For six weeks now, I have not written one creative word.

I am engulfed in rewrites for the first ms. Now I ask myself, “Why am I putting so much effort into this when it is the writing that makes me happy?” The reason? Because my ms is a masterpiece and the entire world should get to read it!!!! Lol And then the other part of my brain whispers, “But what if its not?”

I mean let’s be real, I am no Ann Rice or JK Rowling. Am I? I’m wondering if they knew just how good they were when they started. Do you grow into that kind of confidence?

Then there is the whole genre issue. Apparently NO ONE wants to see any more vampire novels out there. No one except everyone I know that is into vampires. Lol So the readers want more and the publishers do not. Hmmm. What’s a writer to do?

Am I insane? Absol-freakin-lutely! I want to get this published. I want it for several different reasons.

1. I want to feel like I’ve accomplished something extraordinary with my life. Most things we do in our day-to-day lives, anyone can do. Not everyone can write and publish a novel.

2. I want validation. If a publisher agrees to take on my book , then that means its good enough. I’m good enough. (Childish? Yep! Doesn’t change how I feel about it though.)

3. I want an income from it. I made the mistake of telling people what I was doing. In the hundreds of people I know, there are only a handful that take me seriously. To everyone else it’s funny. No one says it, but I see the looks on their faces. I’m just petty enough to want to rub my ‘hobby’ in their faces. Lol

I guess I could go on for pages about this, but I won’t. Am I alone in these feelings? Are you frustrated? Do you ever just get down right mad over it? Do you doubt yourself and your ability to be a wordsmith?

If it weren’t for the very few cheerleaders I have in my life, I’d have given this all up by now. But, I have some darling people who keep telling me I can. So for me, and for them, I will keep going. Always hoping and dreaming of having a book in my hand with my name on the cover. Do I need that? No. But I want it more than chocolate and for me, that’s really saying something!!!! lol


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Post by NaClmine on Tue May 19, 2009 2:27 pm

In 1967, I began college as a nuclear physics major. My counselor warned me that this was a bad choice because there was an abundance of physics majors, and after I graduated, I would have difficulty finding work because of a saturated market. He recommended that I change to electronics engineering.

I was distraught. Had my life's ambition ripped out from under me. Went home and sulked all weekend until my dad called my into his home office to ask what was wrong. After I told him, he started chuckling. I asked why my problem was so funny and he replied, "Son, college counselors are like many government employees. They lack vision. They live out their lives in narrowly defined jobs that avoid competition. Security is their overriding concern and they assume everyone shares that limitation."

Dad lit his pipe and leaned back in his old leather armchair.

"Dean, the truth about statistics is that there is ALWAYS room at the top. When your college counselor warns about the tough job market, he's assuming you will be the run-of-the-mill graduate. He can't think in competitive terms. You see, those who graduate at the top of their class will displace others. True, the unemployment rate for physics graduates will be high, but it's up to you whether you are among the "top" physicists or among the unemployed mediocrity. That is YOUR choice!"

Dad was right. There is always room at the top. If you think you can write a compelling novel in the vampire genre, then, by all means, do so! Rise to the top, and there will be a publisher who will notice, despite the plethora of vampire-based books. Your hardest job, both in writing and in the query process, will be to distinguish YOUR vampire story from the common cookie-cutter variety. And, your greatest advantage is to clearly understand the nature of this obstacle before attacking it.

Good luck.


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Post by willow on Tue May 19, 2009 7:20 pm

Thanks Dean! That's sound advice. I needed to hear that today. smiling
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Re: Just a rant

Post by Lady Goodman on Wed May 20, 2009 1:48 pm

I understand the frustration with editing, but the sucky part about it is how necessary of an evil it is. I agree with Dean, the only way to get past the "We're not accepting this type of novel..." query response is to not write what everyone else is writing. The best way to do that is to blow them away with your book. Circular argument, best way to blow them away is to do more editing. Haha.

Just to put it in perspective... I've read multiple writer's biographies and have found that many can write their book in about 4-6 months, and spend the next 18 months editing. You'll notice that some writers can put out a book about every year while others every two to three. I'll almost guarantee that the latter author is better known and has better books. My boss has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and she has written and published many books on her hope psychology in fictional situations. She told me that about 20-24 months after you write your first ms is a good time to call it finished and try to publish it.

Just stick with it. If you have the confidence in your writing then it will show through. Don't give up on doing what you want to do.
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