Monday, July 16, 2012

So You Wrote a Novel - Big Deal?


In one word, my answer is ABSOLUTELY!  Unfortunately, not everyone sees it the same the way.  Your fellow authors will, some readers will, and if you’re lucky your family and friends will.  But, one thing, I’m sure you’ll notice early on (and maybe you already have) the general consensus seems to be you wrote a novel, big deal.

So, how do you deal with pushing forward in light of such a negative attitude around you?  Tune them out.  Simple, right?  Okay, maybe not so much.  At least it’s not easy all the time. 

Some people tend to think all we do as writers is surf the internet and daydream (yes, we can do a good amount of that), BUT writing is hard work.  But, if it’s our passion the hard work is downplayed because it brings us pleasure and contentment.

Still there is no denying that writing involves many hours, not just the writing of the first draft, but the seeing it through to the end, to publication, and that takes a lot of sacrifice.  But, as authors it is worth it to us.  We push on despite the those who murmur around us.  We don’t let the naysayers hold power over us.

But, what about those moments when you consider giving it all up?  How do you handle them?

Here’s some suggestions, which you may have heard before, but they are worth repeating. 

1)  Remember you are not alone in experiencing low moments when it comes to writing.  Even those authors who have experienced success have times when they question their abilities.

2) Focus on the positive.  Take all the feedback you’ve received that is positive and put it in a journal to look back on.

3) Support your fellow authors.  By taking your focus off yourself and not allowing yourself to wallow in self-pity, you will find yourself feeling better.  You’ll also be making a difference by spreading positivity, not a negative energy.

4)  Make yourself write something.  When you’re down it’s easier to convince yourself why bother.  It’s in these moments, if you push through, you’ll find not only inner strength, but you just might write something wonderful.

So,  you’re writing a novel was a big deal—congratulations!  But, now is the time to really focus.  Edits follow a first draft, and you’ll need even more stamina for that one.  Build yourself up NOW and take confidence and accomplishment in the fact you wrote a book.  Bask in that first, and then crack it open to rip it apart.