P-A-S-S-I-O-N and Confidence And Publication Part 7 of 11
August 28, 2009
Passion. Passion. Passion. Passion.
It can get a bit boring after a while. It can drive one mad, and if not held in check can do so. So what can be added to the mix to prevent this madness? Easy, John brought up one thing in the comments in part one. Persistence.
I must admit the idea of being both persistent and passionate is a new and novel idea for me. The more I thought about it the more I liked it. It was unique fun. Writers after all are persistent creatures, we edit to get the book perfect, and then edit our query letters and our book proposals, and our basic marketing plans, and then go to the publishers with as much passion as we can give.
In essence it takes a lot of persistence.
It works for all aspects of writing from first draft to publishing. I read a lot of books, as you all know, but what you might not know is that I also read books on how to write better, or faster or whatever. I have two that I’ve recently used once again for my editing, and writing. One will most likely help me with my future publishing endeavors, the other has a few gems to look at. Something about it worries me though, and not in a good way.
Noah Lukeman’s the first five pages. This is a strong and powerful book and a must for any writer. The next one, about writing a first draft in 30 days. It is the second one that worries me, since I actually read it cover to cover. Hm, it is interesting to say the least, some good ideas but also some ideas that worry me. Yes, write the draft in 30 days, but do not, ever, never never, never, suggest that it is in publishable form by that point. She does.
Okay passion like that will only get you so far, but she also mentions she wrote other books. There in lies the real point, they’ve become somewhat established. I commend her for suggesting we can all be great authors, but passion like this is a double edged sword.
She might be able to write and be published, with a few mistakes, or whatever, editors of established writes might be more forgiving. I doubt they would be for my own writing. I need confidence and persistence, and focus, not some passionate certainty that a first draft is publishable.
Frankly, not matter how deep the outline is and detailed it is, it is still first draft, and editing is as vital as anything, and marketing plans are still required. Period. You need passionate confidence begin a book, confidence to publish it and persistence to market and sell it. Never forget one other aspect confident passion to edit the work.
Not that this is hard work all the time. it seems hard that is all. It simply takes a bit of persistence. A lot of pens and a couple of good honest books.
My Question for you today is this: What is your biggest thing about persistence and authors who suggest to short circuit the writing process?