I’ve met a lot of writers, some early on in my life and many more in the last five years since I really got serious. And I often wonder if they have all gone through the journey that I have or was it just, write the manuscript, edit, and publish?
What I do know is that there are plot lines in a writer’s life, elements of similarity which we all experience, and they resemble a plot diagram with publication the final climax.
Here are some of the steps which I have taken, steps which might be construed as crisis points on that plot outline of my writing life.
1. Write the initial first draft manuscript.
2. Put it aside for 3 months before doing an edit and revisions.
3. Take a number of writing classes which initially confuse, but eventually help to know what to do next.
4. Join or create writing groups, hopefully with like-talented and similar genre writers, some of whom must know more than you do.
5. Step back and look at others’ criticism of your work and follow what is pertinent and helpful. (Ay, there’s the rub.)
6. Figure out how the writing world works re querying agents and editors and apply your knowledge over and over again.
7. Get positive response from said professionals. Yay! And publish.
This all might take years. Or it might never happen. Or you might be extremely talented, lucky, and clever and it happens overnight. Whatever your outcome, remember that having other writers in your email address book is crucial. Their advice and commiseration are absolutely necessary. And I find that as I listen to others’ success stories and take their advice, my dream gets closer and closer.
I feel my plot graph edging toward the final high point with every bit of knowledge I gain and work I do. You can, too. Don’t get discouraged, writers!
Can you relate to any of these points? Take a moment to leave a comment about your struggles, your success stories, or your advice.