Thursday, 9 July 2009

What's the rush?

I had a talk with my agent the other day, and she gave me some really good things to chew on.

Namely, what's the rush?

The rush to get published? For what? I have it on good authority, from her and from published authors I'm friends with, that this never gets better. The demands on you only increase, and your time is less.

Time, my agent said, to really push the envelope in your writing. To see what you're capable of. To try different things. With all this rush to get an agent, and then a publishing contract...she said (and I really do think she's on target here) pure writing falls by the wayside in some cases.

Why not prepare yourself as well as you can beforehand?

I think this advice can be extended to almost every aspect and place we're all at in our writing. Whether you're doing a first draft, editing, looking for an agent or looking for a publisher, the way is long, and we need to stop and enjoy the route a little more. (I am lecturing myself as I type this).

So although I've got myself a goal here, I'm not going to worry about it if I don't make it by that exact day. I'll relax on my little raft on the publishing waters and just see where I go.


Heidi said...

This is EXACTLY what I've been thinking!! Which is why I've stopped putting so much pressure on myself.

It took me 18 years from the time I told myself I'd someday write a book, to the time I actually did it.

I'm hoping I've got at least that left in life to see something published.

Marlene is very wise. And more time to write and get better is a good thing, not a curse.

You are a very lucky (blessed?) writer. And you've earned every bit of that.

Patti said...

I'm with Heidi. It took me a long time as well and when I finished I was in such a hurry. I had no concept of the publishing world. Now my eyes are a little more open I'm not rushing things.

Peter said...

Excellent points all.. I pressure myself to rush and write.. and the writing sucks.. Last night, I finally wrote after a three month dry spell.. and it felt good.. I'll have to remember that there's no need to rush.. we only put that on ourselves. Thanks!