Sometimes when I sit down to write, I just expect the words to appear. It’s like I’m staring at someone else’s book. The words that are already there aren’t my own. I didn’t write them…or if I did, it was a different version of myself. A version that I am currently not. And so I wait for that version to reemerge, because it’s the only version I trust to write my stories.
Sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it? It’s as if there are two of me. There is the one that writes, and then the one that waits. The one that waits tends to be the one in control. Because I spend SO much time waiting for my writing-self to come out; then I realize that I’m just waiting. Then I accuse myself of laziness. Then comes the anxiety. And then I’m in a mood where I couldn’t possibly write. So I’m back at square one again…waiting.
Of course, when the writing-self does come out, everything is suddenly alive. Suddenly, I am powerful. High on imagination, pulsating like fire, I’m unstoppable. The words flow without cessation, pouring out perfectly, like everything was designed by God. Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but that’s what it feels like.
Do you struggle with a similar double personality as a writer? How do you triumph over the “waiting-self” that we all have? What do you do to boost your confidence and your drive? What gets you in the zone? Feel free to share in the comments. I’m all about helping other writers here 😉
I’ve gotten plenty of rejection letters from publishing companies and literary agents alike. They usually start out with a “thank you”, which is never a good sign…because after the “thank you” comes a “but”.
But not this time.
Recently, someone from Z Publishing reached out to me (through this blog!) and asked if I would like to submit an excerpt of my book to be featured in an anthology. How could I refuse??? I still had to go through the submission process just like everyone else, but my excerpt would have a higher likelihood of being accepted because it was a “solicited manuscript”.
Still, higher chance of success or not, getting that email from Z Publishing was awesome, because it’s the first acceptance letter I’ve ever received. Check it out 🙂
Basically, it says that my submission was accepted, that it’s going to be published, and it also explained what steps have to be taken next.
To give you some more information: my excerpt is going to be a part of anthology. The anthology features emerging writers in America…that’s actually what the series is called! Every year, Z Publishing rounds up all the upcoming authors in America and compiles excerpts of their novels into an anthology. To be counted as an “emerging writer” is certainly a compliment!
If anything, hopefully this shows that blogging IS good for something. They found me through this blog, which means something similar could happen to YOU! I’m not expecting that I’m going to become famous or anything (my excerpt is one among many!) but it’s still something that I can credit to my name in the literary world. “With an excerpt featured in Z Publishing’s Anthology”. Always persevere with blogging, it pays off!
I’ll be giving you more news about this crazy shindig as it comes to me. Cheers!
At the promptings of some adoring fans, I have decided to finally update my blog! Sorry for my absence. Life has been crazy, what with work….work….more work, and writing projects!
Yes, writing projects. Lots of them.
I probably sound like a broken record, but I hope to be back for sometime now. I know I go through these phases where I’m like “BLOGGING IS LIFE!” and then I stop abruptly. Well, I guess it’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Either way, here’s to yet another phase.
I’ve been told by some successful writers that you just have to figure things out for yourself. To quote, one of them even told me that “there is no roadmap”.
But is that REALLY true? I mean, aren’t there things that ALL writers do, and do well, that you have to replicate if you want to be successful?
Observing some of my fellow self-published authors, it seems like doing a Blog Tour is a piece of this roadmap…it seems like getting lots of reviews is another part…it seems like blogging a LOT is another part…
Doesn’t this comprise something of a roadmap?
What do you think? Have you observed any tendencies or directions that all successful writers seem to take? I’d LOVE to hear about them!
The writer sits down. The sun is still shining, because it needs to be. The earth is still watching, because it knows no other action. The people of the world bustle about, here and there, because it is their nature. Wars, famines, tragedies; weddings, baptisms, quiet, peaceful deaths–all these sweep across the land, day in, day out, because that is life.
And the writer takes up his pen, understanding that all of these hover in the balance. He sees the setting sun, feels the earth watching, listens to the people, experiences the wars, the famines, the tragedies, the weddings, the baptisms, and the quiet, peaceful deaths–understanding that he is they, and they are he.
The writer takes up his pen. And he writes. The world will never be the same way again.
That’s how many I try to do. It isn’t always easy…but then, when you think about it, it’s not that hard either.
1000 words a day. How many can you do?
We all get busy. Life is honestly crazy, and sometimes we can’t even get a grip. I’m currently an Engineering major at a prominent university. How do I manage to write 1000 words when it isn’t related to my busy major at all? I’ve developed a routine. I have a system. And it works.
The best way to become a writer is to write. And to become a better writer you need to write more.
When do you write? Do you have a system? As always, I’d love to know What do you think?
There’s a lot of obstacles to self publishing and being successful as a self published author. Merely having enough perseverance to publish your book at all is an obstacle. Hiring an editor, finding a cover-artist, and building your audience all add varying levels of difficulty to the process too.
Oh, and did I mention that EVERYONE is self publishing? So yeah, you’ve also got LOTS of competition.
But what’s the #1 problem with self publishing?
I call it Amateuritis: the false sense of confidence you have going into the entire self publishing endeavor.
You size up the odds; you read about writing a novel, hiring an editor, and how to market your book, and you think, “Yeah, I can do this!” But then you publish your book, the excitement dwindles, and a few months later, you have this feeling of “…Now what?”
You suddenly realize that becoming a literary sensation isn’t so simple. You knew it wouldn’t be easy…but the truth is, you tricked yourself into believing that at least for YOU, the path to success was a straight line.
Yeah, I can talk about this because I know how it feels.
Of all the obstacles listed above, Amateuritis is by far the worst. It’s the curse of not knowing the way the world works. Guess what: you wanna’ rise to the top? Then you have to go through the same process as everyone else. Life isn’t easy, and it makes no exceptions.
Yes, this sucks, but to defeat Amateuritis, you must accept reality.
For starters, you need to rise above your feelings of feeling like a loser. You think you are a loser? Well, so is everyone else. Get over it.
If you want to defeat Amateuritis, don’t make the same mistakes twice. Understand that the journey ahead of you is long and hard, and if you want to be a successful author, you just have to keep working at it. Listen to the stories of other successful authors. Was it easy for them? No. They got rejected. They had to scrap and rewrite parts of their stories. They might’ve even gone hungry.
Do you think it will be any different for you?
Instead of lulling yourself into a false sense of confidence–Amateuritis–be proud. Be proud when you get rejected. Be proud when you make those all those corrections to your novel. Be proud when you go hungry. Why? Because you CAN be confident that you’re on the right path. The same path as all the other successful authors.
What will you give to be successful? It is a question only you can answer.
Beat Amateuritis. Be an author. Be successful.
What do you think?
Dominic Sceski is the self published author of The Golden Lands, which soon morphed into Elithius. He wouldn’t advise that you read any of his novels, as they are currently undergoing rigorous editing. But he would be happy to become the next J.K. Rowling once they are finished 🙂
He currently studies at Villanova University and enjoys keeping up with this blog, writing his stories, lifting weights, dating his amazing girlfriend, and making his friends laugh.