I wanted to write a story. Nlyot a bestselling novel or a trilogy that will inspire a movie or bring in the big bucks. I wasn’t looking for the formula ‘boy band’ technique of writing that would hit all the bells and whistles of the perfectly constructed book of the day. I sat down and started to write a story. Much like most things I have done in life … you know, one foot in front of the other … just do it, the little engine, etc.. Enter ignorant and come out educated – that is the plan.
This is not a get rich quick scheme. It’s more a labor of love. At the end of the day you have to end up with something that is so much a part of you that if it never sees the light of day – that would be okay.
Well, it would be nice to share the story. The characters, the setting, and the essence you breathed into it deserves recognition, right? Your characters will be loved and their story will keep the readers on the edge of their seats.
The rejection, the time spent, the hours re-writing is part of the process – I find. But, is my story worth it? From which far off recesses in my mind did this story flow what is the source? There are so many great stories and so many great authors, and what’s one more? One more little book on the shelf with my name on it. Is that the allure? Not sure.
It certainly takes drive. It takes more than drive: confidence, commitment, and a little derangement. It’s also a waiting game time to revisit your patience – in this day and age? Really? Send out twenty queries and wait. Throw everything out there and see what sticks. A barrage of procedure awaits and I can only talk about the point where I’m at now. Waiting for proofs. Wondering about what comes next and how will it all turn out? There will be a press release.
I have finished my second book and only need to print it out and read it in it’s hard-copy format. Look for glaring errors in timeline, research, and grammar. I am loosely formulating what my next project will be. I have several WIP’s, but I am itching to free write again. I await some inspiration in the meantime I will readdress one of my stories which have been put aside for over eight months; because, that is the depth of dedication needed (for me) to get to an acceptable product.
I hope my latest effort is as well received as my first one eventually was (after 200 rejections).