Most writers don’t wait for inspiration. They make it happen. Doesn’t mean a story happens overnight. It takes time and hard work.
I just got off the phone with my editor and we were talking about time. She had given me an initial deadline of this evening for the first half of Addicted. Hurricane Irma kind of had other ideas. And you know what, I’m okay with it taking a couple of days longer. Because I know it’s going to get done right. After I got off the phone with her, I sent an e-mail to my cover artist. She’s been working hard on the second cover. Doing all kinds of research to make sure she gets it right. I told her I just wanted to check in. She told me she was still working on it and that she was embarrassed at how long it was taking her. My response: No worries. I would rather she take her time and do it right than overlook something and have to do it again.
All of this got me thinking about my own journey. I started working on this story in 2009. And it has come a LONG way. As have I. My writing has developed a lot over the last few years. My imagination has expanded. My ability to tell a story and pull readers in has grown.
Miley Cyrus had it right when she said, “Life’s a climb.”
The last few years of my writing career have been a journey. One that may have been different if I had made other choices. I’m not going to say better because I don’t know where the road would’ve taken me if I had decided to do this instead of that. But it hasn’t been about the goal, it’s been all about what I’ve learned. Here’s what I’ve learned.
– Take your time. Don’t rush the process. The fast-track does not exist.
– Give yourself breaks. It’s the only way to keep your mind fresh.
– Don’t forget to live your life. What happens around you is the best inspiration you can ask for.
– No one knows everything. As writers, the industry is always changing. Follow those who have made it. You can imitate them, just don’t lose yourself in the process.
Eventually you will reach the finish line. I’m close to mine and I feel the best about it than I ever have in the past.