I think it’s a wonderful topic that helps us to keep our focus when we’re feeling down about the whole process.
I want to qualify myself in that I don’t consider myself to be an aspiring writer. I am a writer who is aspiring to become published. An aspiring writer is someone who is learning to write, and while I don’t claim to have perfected my writing technique, I do know how to write. I know how to plot a story and write a scene. I understand the rules of grammar, and when I forget, I know how to locate the information I need. So I don’t consider myself as an aspiring writer.
As a writer who is aspiring to become published, I must work on educating myself about the publishing process. That includes learning the obscure art of the query letter and how to negotiate with an agent and/or a publisher should my manuscript ever be sold. I have to learn to navigate the labyrinth of copyright law, e-books, and the dreaded Google Book Settlement. I need to know how to market myself and my novel, and I absolutely must network with other writers, both inside and outside my genre.
I don’t want my novel to be published because it’s my baby. I want my novel to be published, because I am seeking a career as a writer, and that means I have to develop a business plan. There has to be another novel in the works when I’ve finished this one, and I’ve already developed the synopsis for the second book. I have also planned the third and fourth novels in this series, and when I reach the fourth novel for this series, I will begin planning the next series.
I have given myself a definite time period by which I intend to have this novel finished. I have disciplined myself to write every evening after dinner whether I finish a chapter or simply do edits. I have started this blog so I can connect with other writers and see what works for you. All of you have taught me so much from your own blog posts, and I find all of your insights so valuable. I’ve also found a lot of really nice people that are a joy to know.
So at night when I’m sitting behind my little dinky Dell with a string of drool oozing from the corner of my mouth and my eyes so bloodshot I look sick, I remember my business plan and manage one more sentence. I think of all the other writers out there who are aspiring to become published. I eke out one more paragraph and eventually I have a page. Every night. No excuses.
Then someone always asks the burning question: would you do this even if you never become published?
Yes. I’m afraid I would, first because I don’t give up easily, and second because I am in love with words and stories. I would love to be published while I’m alive, but if it’s not meant to be, I intend to leave my daughter a trunk full of novels. She can do with them as she pleases.
Fame and fortune would be nice, and I’m honest enough with myself to acknowledge my materialism. My goal is to become a solid mid-list writer who can bring in a steady income through the sale of my novels. I may or may not achieve that goal, but in the meantime, I will write.
Simply because the pain of not writing is greater than the pain of writing.
I hope you shall continue writing as well.
copyright 2009 Teresa Frohock