One of the hardest parts of being a writer is taking that final step to getting yourself published. Why is this so? Believe it or not, it’s where you spend the most time.
I know you think I’m crazy, but it’s true.
While actually writing the story takes time, it’s the hard copy edits, etc that eat up your time more than anything else. And let’s not forget the final massaging.
Now the final smoothing can be anything from a simple looksee to check for errors to giving it a final rewrite to get things in the perfect spot. Either way, that’s what eats up your time.
So, when you’re at this point, like I am, take heart and don’t give in. This is where the professionals are made and the chaff cleared out. Ones who don’t truly want to be professional won’t make this step.
So, hang in there.
And I have to say I’m pleased with myself. Normally when writing I’ll go over and over on a project and never finish. Not this one. For better or for worse, it’s a completed project.
Writing a novel is a lot like running a marathon. Sprinting doesn’t win the day, it’s slow and easy that does. Cranking out 4-6k of words a day may sound good on paper, but is the writing worth a damn?
I’ve gotten to the point that I’m writing somewhere between 1.5 to perhaps 2k a day and taking my time. This allows for getting paragraphs right the first time then having to rewrite things over and over. I don’t know about you guys, but I get brain fried from working over and over on the same project. Right now, you couldn’t get me to touch this manuscript unless someone threw a bunch of money at me. Why? Because I’m burned out of this story. I want to move on and that’s what I’m doing.
My current projects are: Third Talia novel, a first Novel around a character named Micki and a serialized Talia novel for my blog. Those are enough to keep my busy for a while, and I still have the second Talia novel to edit!! Honestly, I’m too tired from editing the first one to take that one on, so I’m hitting the creative side instead.
Now that it’s done, let’s cross fingers and hope someone picks it up. If not, I might put it out as an e-book and try to sell the second one. Perhaps, if that one is picked up and sells, I might be able to sell the rights to a publisher and the first one could end up in the market too.
Well, that’s getting ahead of myself. Here’s to hoping things go well.