Does anyone else hear Dory from Finding Nemo every time you run into a snag? Bad critiques, harsh criticisms, lack of time, you name it there is a reason to repeat after Dory “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Adapt her saying to your own life of course.
I was writing a blog post for my mommy blog and realized that being a mom is pretty darn hard and so is being a writer. In both cases you have no clue if you are going to ever get a return. With a child it could take eighteen years before you see how badly you screwed up your kid. For writing, well, pray to God it doesn’t take eighteen years to see if you’re worth anything. Either way though, you aren’t really in control of anything except for today. So when the writing gets tough keep on going. Break through the barrier of doubt and find the hope inside yourself that told you you were a writer when you started.
Janet Evonovich actually has a webpage where she addresses that it took her ten years!!
“What if I send my book to a lot of agents and none of them wants to represent me?
JANET: If being a writer is important to you, keep at it, keep improving, and don’t give up. I wrote three books that were never published. I sent the first one out to everybody. I went through every agent and publisher in New York, twice. The only positive letter that I got back was from an agent, but it was written in purple crayon on a bar napkin, so I didn’t follow up on it. Then, presto, ten years later I was a published author.”
I have been seriously writing for six years now and am hoping to find an agent and publisher with my current WIP.
How long did you write before finding representation, or how long have you been writing so far, as you continue to dream of the day you get signed?