Recently, I told you about the cyclone and how now we were going to Oz!
Once you begin your journey, people will back off. They will see how serious you are and even if you can’t discuss the process with them, you’ll be okay–if you keep your promise to yourself and write. Yes, there will be problems, all good things come to those who keep plugging away!
Find a writers group. Please do. People who understand your journey and will help you on your way. Or at least friends, even just online, who will understand and admire your journey.
Here’s what Dorothy got: shoes
Here are the first things you need: THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Carpenters get hammers, nails, and saws. Dorothy got shoes!
You NEED: A computer, a working knowledge of the internet, and a printer, preferably in color.
PLEASE DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU CAN WRITE AND PUBLISH WITHOUT THESE THINGS. YOU CANNOT. YOU’RE NOT THE ONE PERSON WHO CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.
Trust me when I say that there are people who are trying to do this and failing. I know. I know them. It’s ugly.
Don’t need to know much about the internet? Even Harlequin recently asked a new author about her internet presence. Hmm…need I go on?
You need to know about your surroundings. Dorothy had the good witch to tell her. You have, well, me. Not quite as good…or pink. :)
Here is the main thing you need to know:
YOU ARE IN A BUSINESS. TREAT IT HAS SUCH.
Yes, we have fun. We eat, we laugh, we get interviewed, we attend great parties, but if you think for one minute this means that it’s all poppies and magic: get over it.
If you want to make any kind of place for yourself as an author, know this and you will make it. YOU MUST HAVE A TOUGH SKIN. There will be rejections, reviews, critiques. There will be people who are jealous—and of whom you are jealous.
The map-follow the yellow brick road.
This is the hardest and most time consuming of all things.
This is the one where you must write. I hate that process I am the type of person who can’t enjoy a car trip because I just want to get there.
But, the truth is this: you have to write it to sell it.
Don’t tell yourself you’re the only person in the world who doesn’t have to do this. Sandy (Sullivan, Secret Cravings Publishing) runs her own publishing business and she has to finish the book before she can publish it.
You cannot write 3 chapters and then say:
They got through all their problems and lived happily ever after.
Even Nora can’t do that. And how would you have felt if Harry Potter had ended when the first movie did with JK saying: and Harry killed the Dark Lord, Married Jennie and lived happily ever after.
YES EVEN THEY MUST FINISH THE BOOK.
A very sweet friend told me that I can’t fix a blank page.
And it doesn’t have to right; it just has to be written.
WRITE YOUR STORY. EDIT YOUR STORY. SELL YOUR STORY.
Join a writer’s group that encourages you.
Keep in touch with people you admire and who are uplifting.
Leave the negative people out of your life.
If I can leave you with one thing today, it’s just write. If you do, you can soon find yourself at the Emerald City.