Wednesday, 7 December 2011


For someone who thinks he's quite savvy with the ways of commercial enterprises, I can't believe how naive I've been on the writing business.

The last nine months have been a bit of a wake up call.  I always thought that my writing was competent, that the plots to my stories were good, and that it was only case of knocking out a MS, and someone would snap me up.

I also had the misguided view that if I read a 'How to' book, then I would be doing it someone else's way, and compromising my own style.

If you are sitting there, pointing at the screen and laughing at me, then I really don't blame you.  I think I'd be doing the same.

I think that all I really want to say in this post is that I'm grateful to my blogging friends who comment, and the ReviMo gang for their wisdom.  I've finally realised that it's not a race, and that I need to make my work the best I can possibly make it before I start sending it to the people who have the power to make my dreams come true.


  1. I'm not laughing, well I kind of am.

    No, I'm teasing. I think you're doing great. When I wrote my first book I really really really thought it was good and it was going to get pubbed. Uh, guess what? It's full on crap from a donkey's arse. So I guess what I'm saying is we all have those ah ha moments.

  2. I think it's difficult to accept it isn't a race, especially when we're all at such different points in our writing careers. Wanting something (like publication) makes it hard to be patient, doesn't it? :)

  3. Erin - They say that you 'Live and learn' in my case, I seem to just live :o|

    Carrie - Writing career. I love that phrase :o)

  4. Don't feel bad about prior misconceptions. It just means you've learned a lot! I think many writers start out thinking that writing can't be taught and that they shouldn't read books of advice or instruction. Good writers eventually realize that this doesn't make any sense. After all, nobody would say that about building a house or sewing a shirt or anything else that people make. Consider this a good sign. It means you're doing things right!

  5. Connie - Thanks for the pep talk :o) Realising how much I've learnt makes me very hopeful for my latest WIP.