Guest Post at TooManyAnnas

January 13, 2010

While Anna’s gone on vacation, she asked if I’d whip up a little tough love post on writing for her readers. I was more than happy to oblige!

Guest Post: The Secret of Writing


  • Byrd January 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Nooes! Don’t do it! It’s a trap!
    Oh wait… You already did ^.^
    Sorry, I can’t help but be silly tonight!
    .-= Byrd´s last blog ..Back from “Christmas Vacation” =-.

  • Cait January 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I used to love to write. I had notebooks upon notebooks full of poems and mini-stories.

    After about 20 moves, they’re all gone.

    I find myself pretty drained at the end of the day. I’m also helping remodel our house and ensuring food is always on the table. Again, not exactly the type of thing that wouldn’t allow me to write but…

    how hard is it to get published? A certain parental resource has stated that it’s just too difficult bla bla bla (here is where I stopped listening).

    They say that anything is possible and you can do whatever you set your mind to but…some things are definitely harder than others.

    Would you say that breaking into the new book market (whether its fantasy or real) is going to be really tough for beginners?
    .-= Cait´s last blog ..Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? =-.

  • Tami January 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

    *laughs* I am going to try very hard to keep this comment reined in. If you’d like the long version, do please email me and I’ll crit you with a wall of text that’ll make your eyes spin. You’ve hit on one of my favorite topics. =]

    How hard is it to get published?

    The answer is not that it’s “too difficult”.

    It’s not easy. It’s not “hey, here’s the first book I ever bothered to finish, barely edited. Of course you’d love to publish it and make me fabulously famous and wealthy.”

    I mean, maybe every once in a while, it’s that way. =]

    The typical route to publishing goes as follows:

    1) Write until you’re good at it. This may mean multiple finished books that just aren’t good enough to publish. Learn how to edit and the ins and outs of the writing craft. How to plot, how to characterize, how to pace …

    2) Complete a book manuscript.

    3) Submit query letters to agents until someone accepts you and your manuscript.

    4) THEY then take your manuscript and shop it around to editors and/or publishing companies.

    5) During 3 and 4, you’re writing another book.

    6) If you get published, they might contract you to write more books, or they may accept just that one book from you.

    7) Rinse, repeat.

    It’s not magic, but it is hard work and there are *published and honored* authors who were stuck at number 3 for a decade. Perseverance and NOT rushing past step number 1 are my current mantra when it comes to writing.

    If it’s your dream, and its worth following, it’ll be hard work but it’s not impossible. Even if publishing isn’t a goal or dream of yours, if you love to write, why not write anyway?

    Incidentally, the next Saucy Wenches podcast deals with some of this (we recorded it last night – should be available early next week).

    Aaaand the comment was superlong anyway. *laughs*

  • Cait January 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Well, at least there’s hope :)

    When I was little, I would say that I want to be a Cartoonist when I grow up. That was my “dream”.

    Hand drawing cartoons is a thing of the past and sketch artists aren’t in demand these days. Though, I can use a computer, etc. it’s not part of that original dream.

    After that changed, I never replaced it. Is it weird to not have a “dream”?
    .-= Cait´s last blog ..Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? =-.

  • Tami January 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Last time I checked, sketch artists were still in high demand for video game development and animation character design. =]

    Just sayin’.

    Also, it’s not weird to not have a dream. Some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met were pushing fifty and still didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up. They just did what seemed like fun at the time. =]

  • Cait January 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    “They just did what seemed like fun at the time.”

    That’s how I try to live my life :)

    Thanks for all the feedback! =D
    .-= Cait´s last blog ..Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? =-.

  • Tami January 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I think that’s a great philosophy. =]

  • Byrd January 15, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Uh huh. Told you, that you shoulda changed it to Tami_the_sage.
    .-= Byrd´s last blog ..The “Weight”y Post =-.

  • Tami January 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

    *laughs* Huh, you! *good-natured swat*
    .-= Tami´s last blog ..Engaging a Reading/Critiquing Partner =-.