Tuesday, 12 July 2011
The Risk of Failure
I’m going to be unplugging for a bit though and I thought I’d share why.
Last week Natalie Whipple posted about her two book sale. I’m so happy for her. I’ve been following her blog for a while and I know it’s been a long road for her.
Her sale was also a kick in the pants for me.
See I discovered Natalie’s blog at the end of 2008, when we were both finalists in Nathan Bransford’s First paragraph Competition. Now Natalie has an agent and a two book deal and I. . .um. . .don’t.
I could stamp my foot and whine, but like I said I’ve been reading Natalie’s blog and I know that book contract didn’t just land on her doorstep delivered by the good luck fairy. She worked really, really hard and she kept working.
Now in my defense I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. Since 2008 I wrote the book to go with that first paragraph. I edited the hell out of it four times! I found my wonderful critique group. Oh and I also had a baby and moved countries.
But since last August, when after five full rejections I decided to put novel one aside and work on something new, I’ve been faffing about. No other way to put it.
I think I may be scared of finishing a first draft. Now I know that’s just the beginning. Now I know that finishing and editing a novel is not a guarantee of an agent and a book deal.
But I really need to get over that and get down to work! As one of my favourite authors, Philip Pullman, says;
So I am unplugging, cutting back on television, and reading (yes even reading. I really do want this), so I can buckle down and try and get this first draft done by August 1st.
Wish me luck.
I’ll probably check blogs on Sundays, I can’t go completely cold turkey, but I won’t be posting (my procrastination method of choice) for a while.