Remember when you first began writing? I know some authors have written most of their lives, but some of us are still rather new compared to many others.
In a discussion this week, I tried to answer questions for a person beginning a novel. Right away, I realized errors this person was making and pointed out one--only one. His answer was, "I don't care right now. I'm just having fun writing."
|MY FAVORITE |
OF ALL MY BOOKS--
THE MOST FUN
Somewhere along the way, though, do we become a little jaded? Tired of certain tasks connected to our writing projects/career?
|THE BOOK THAT HAS|
WON THE MOST
AWARDS FOR COVER,
STORY, AND BEST
What do you dread most? What takes the fun out of writing and publishing?
Like any other job, there are rewards, but there are mundane chores, too.
Me? I still become excited about writing a new story. The idea is formed, I think about it off and on for days, and finally sit down and write that first sentence. I can see it all now. This story is going to be good!
Some stories almost write themselves, but I struggle with others. That's fine, because I'm still writing a new story.
So, now it's finished. Now what? Where does this story belong?
When you decide whether to submit here or there, or..gasp!...self-publish, then what?
|THE COVER OF THE|
STORY THAT HAS
MADE THE MOST
Forgive me for being shallow, but this causes the most excitement. Since I am a visual person, it is all important. Once I work with the artist and come up with the best we can do, I am super-excited.
The cover is almost the best part!
So, the thrill has not gone away for these two tasks--writing a new story and the cover.
However, the never-ending promotion can become tiresome. I enjoy some of the process--I'm just not thrilled by it.
I don't even mind editing, because I like to clean up a manuscript. Even though we might consider ourselves just about perfect, trust me...we are not. We need outside help with editing.
But if the editing becomes re-writing, forget it. I've pulled more than one manuscript because the editor wanted too many re-writes, which in some cases would destroy the story.
If the thrill is gone, my suggestion is to step away for a time.
But I do hope you return and regain that thrill.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas
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