Wednesday, August 7, 2013
IWSG August: How finished do you have to be to be finished?
“If you are ever completely satisfied with something you have written, you are setting your sights too low. But if you can't let go of your material even after you have done the best that you can with it, you are setting your sights too high."
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
What am I talking about here? Well, I've been working on my first novel for over a year now, and with a few tweaks here and there, I'm going to start querying in the next couple of months. I finally realized that it's never going to be perfect. I realize that it's not likely to win any awards, or have critics oozing praise all over it.
What I do have is something that I - mostly - liked writing, and something that I think - hope - people will like reading. In the end, that's all I really want to do.
So insecurity for the month: Letting go.
It's one thing to allow other people read your novel and have them tell you what they think. It's a completely different thing to send it out, knowing that you may have to put up with rejection after rejection, before acceptance finally comes in...if it ever does.
So for the next month or two, I'm going to work on my MS and growing a thick skin. I'm gonna need it.