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Kevin G Hare

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What's Your Hurry?

June 1, 2017

I get that we writers want to put out book after book to get our names out there, to get noticed, get picked up by a publishing house so we step out into the world and scream, "I made it!". That letter of acceptance from a professional to signify and cement the recognition that you are now an author.

Well, you wrote a book, that makes you an author.

I have spoken with several budding authors and attend regular writers group meetings and the stress is always the same - must finish book fast and send to agent or publishing house to be officially validated as a writer. I have read books, articles and study guides on how to write and be a writer and they all stress the same thing - write, write often and write a lot. Pump out as many words as you can in as short a time frame as you can and someday you will be a writer. And someday may come when a publishing house finds your work worth selling and they take you on, give you some money to entice you but they don't give you any more until they've made back that little teaser. Then they don't give you very much for all your hard work compared to what they take for printing and marketing your name as an author. If your book does well, they will ask you to write more and only give you so much time to finish it so you cage yourself up in your little writing space between the rest of your life and crank out a generic feeling story because you didn't have time to real polish it off the way you envisioned it.

But you can tell people you are a writer, you've earned it.

Honestly, I'm not out to slam the book publishing industry and it's efforts to turn an unfamiliar name into one synonymous with a great story, without them, some of us would never know how to get our work out to the masses let alone actually get our work out to the masses. I just want to point out that the best stories take time, nourishment, development. They need to make mistakes, take a few steps back and try again. They need to grow and take on a life of their own if they are to be a truly great collection of words. Know that you will experience a mental block, take time to mull it over, it may just be your story telling you it's not going in the direction it should be. Keep it in the back of your mind, the right scene will come. Don't beat yourself up about it, just breathe.

My current trilogy is already almost 10 years in the making. I completed the first draft of the first book and scrapped it. Don't be afraid to take that step, it is not nearly as crucial as introducing a sucky story to the public and regretting later that you could have done better. I want it done right and to my liking before I hand it out to everybody else. You handle your writing in a manner that works for you. Find your time to write for that is the only way your book will get done. One factor is true in all of the articles and study guides and books on writing, the more you write the better you get at it, and faster.

So write, don't pressure yourself into a deadline when you're starting out, craft that great story and listen to your instincts. Don't fret about whether or not an agent or house will think you are good enough to validate you as a writer. Believe in your work, work at it to write better and your writing will validate you as an author.

Cheers.

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