This round of the blog chain was started by super-talented Sarah, who asked:
What has been the most unexpected part of your writing journey up to this point? What has happened that you could never have predicted? Has it been a help or a hindrance?
Immediately, I thought of the incredible amount of time it takes to get, well, anywhere in the publishing world. I did NOT expect to be doing this for two years without any inkling of “getting somewhere.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought they’d write a manuscript, query an agent, and get a book deal in, like, six months. I mean, really, if Step Meyer could do it, why couldn’t I?
*insert hysterical laughter here*
Now I know better.
Time has had another interesting effect. I have learned to pace myself better. Instead of pounding out a piece of crap MS in a month, I take my time, writing QUALITY words rather than QUANTITY words.
I also confronted rejection…and survived (shocking, right?).
Most importantly (and most surprising as I think about it), I haven’t given up despite the complete lack of “pay off.” (Pay off to me would be signing with an agent.)
Guess that means I’m in it to win it–in other words, this isn’t a fly by night fad for me. It’s the *real* thing.
Stay tuned for Shaun’s post tomorrow on his biggest writing surprise!