With my first novel, I was pretty starry-eyed about the whole thing. I thought if there was passion, great writing, and a fabulous concept, I’d nail an agent like that. *snaps* After all, I’d watched my three closest friends get book deals on their first books with Big 6 Publishers and there wasn’t a doubt in my mind I couldn’t either. I almost expected it to happen. Cue wild hysterical laugh!
Man, was I deluded!
But don’t you think you need to be a tad delusional in your first stages of writing… If you weren’t, would you really jump into the process? I mean, no one enters this business thinking, “I’m going to write a book because I want to beat my head against agent’s and publisher’s doors just to see how long I can before I pass out.” (Well, I could be wrong) But I think we start because we want to create magic on the page, fulfill that part of our soul that needs to be set free.
Think back to your first story. Maybe you were a kid, maybe it was last year, maybe it’s today, but there’s magic to the first words you put on paper. (Regardless if it’s crap, there’s magic)
But now, with my second book, I look at it more clinically. I want to perfect this craft. Just like any talent. Most of you know I was a hard-core ballerina for years. And it takes YEARS to develop the muscles and skills with careful training to achieve perfection. Why would writing be any different?
Yes, I think that some have more natural talent than others, which will always be the case with everything, but the technique is still there. The tools are still the same with how to hone your skills and create a worthy piece of work.
Am I going off subject?
Anyway, my point is, I know my second book is better. But what’s interesting is I don’t feel the same intense passion about it. Do I love it? Yes, but it’s different from my first. Is it because all first novels are different? Is it because I’m looking at it more like a job? ß Which is great. My passion for writing is still the same.
Where are you in the journey? Maybe you can explain better what I’m trying to convey. I think the process is fascinating. I love it. And I can’t wait for a year from now when I’ll have even a better grasp on everything.
Red. Head. Out. :D