FIRST, what's taking me so long... it's been over a year since I started rough drafts and revisions of my YA Living RunAway. Well...I've been seriously busy helping all my writer friends left and right. Everything from ARC review requests (which've been an honor to be asked), lots of beta requests for books you're reading now or shortly coming out (thank you to all that have trusted my eyes), and co-writing a new YA MS with my writing bestie, Elizabeth Seckman, and a future children's book with Jay Noel's wife, Janet. And need I forget the success of CHARLIE'S SCRIBES?? What fun we've had venturing and posting on other's blogs!! (And this is just writing stuff...)
SECOND, does it have its advantages? Is it hindering time on my first baby? As I look back and gear up for its final edits, I realize that if I didn't do all I could for others...I would never learn all I could for mine. When I beta, I see my own flaws and/or things to steer from. When I read your published books, I see what works and what doesn't. And when I take a break to work on one of my collabs, I get to be creative in a whole new fashion, which gives me a therapeutic release.
SHINE ON in the SHADOWS of OTHERS.
WHEN you can do that, you're work becomes a major polished TURD.Others are content rushing out there, getting the ball rolling, and kudos to that. Many can pull a book out their butts in a week, maybe less than even a few months, but not all of us can or want to. Me? I don't want to. I enjoy learning on the way, and trying to make mine the biggest POLISHED TURD you've ever seen! With high hopes that it doesn't stink like crap! BUT there's something else I've noticed...a lot of BIG things DO happen over time. I recently read a Cliff Bar's history on how it took 2 years to come up with the perfect recipe. How many times do you hear that PERFECT "RECIPES" take years of trial and error? Why not you're own work? Why rush it just to get quickly disappointed? At least if you take time to polish it, and you're turned down, you'll know you did EVERYTHING to make it your BEST. Then move on, and try, try again!!
SHINE ON in the SHADOWS of OTHERS to ACCOMPLISH ULTRA POLISHED TURDS.
Make sure it's fermented with your ALL to be the best fertilizer EVER.
Because the best fertilizer ever...makes other things grow!
So what about you? Have you learned along the way?
Has it made your work a more polished turd?