Monday, April 17, 2006
I had an epiphany...
And not the divine type. ::g::
Editors are human, too. I’m one of those people that will agonize over a partial sent to an editor – you know, the one that you found a word missing on page fourteen, third paragraph, second sentence. DRAT! THE EDITOR WILL THINK I’M SO UNPROFESSIONAL! I have to keep telling myself that though I want the manuscript to be perfect, it’s the story that matters. And the voice helps…a lot. What does that have to do with editors being human? The last two books I’ve read I found irritating errors in them. Since I like the authors a lot and admire the large publishing houses they came from, I was surprised – more than anything that I caught them. Strangely, I took encouragement from it. I know, I’m weird. But we all keep hearing how your manuscript must be the best it can be (and it probably wasn't the author's fault -- maybe a copy editor or whoever) and when you still find errors after sending it…well, I’ve decided to keep striving for perfection, but not to sweat the small stuff when I mess up.
Published authors are human, too. I’m fortunate enough to talk almost monthly with several successful and well-known authors, and I have found they worry about the same things I do. Will the editor like my new proposal? Will I run out of ideas? Is the market changing faster than I can write that certain story? Some of us believe that once we’re published that all our problems will be solved. That every story that we write after the first book will be accepted. Only in a fantasy world! Even knowing the drawbacks, I STILL WANT TO BE PUBLISHED!
I am human, too. Though I'm not surprised. As I mentioned above, I want to be perfect, but I know that’s not possible. Yet I keep trying, personally and professionally. One of the biggies I’ve learned, is that if I keep writing and studying the craft, I will one day reach what I conceive to be a publishable level. Of course, I like to think I’m there now. Even so, I will keep working on improving, changing, bringing more of my inner-self into my writing. Inner-self? No. I don’t have a split personality -- no matter what my CPs say -- I haven’t lived a former life as a vampire or magazine mogul (check out my website to understand that). The inner-self is more to do with the emotion you show in your writing. That’s where I pull grief, happiness, apprehension, love, desire, terror, etc. and place it into my story. I want my books to give you a roller-coaster ride in emotions. That’s why I read. That’s why I write. AND I HOPE IT’S ONE HELLVA RIDE!
You're probably wondering what the picture of Stuart Townsend as Lestat had to do with what I was talking about. Really nothing. I just thought he was sexy and wanted to share. ::g:: You're welcome.
So tell me, what are some truths you’ve learned since you started writing?