It’s obvious. Every writer wants to write well, but reading the publishing news is enough to make most of us feel like Henny Penny. Or is it Chicken Little? The sky may be falling, but I’ve decided I’m not going to focus on the economy or e-readers or the fact that my local Borders store looks like K-Mart before filing Chapter 11. After reading blogs from every agent, editor, and writer on the web, I’ve decided the only advice that means anything is “Write the best book you can write.”
So that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s my only goal, my New Year’s resolution. Though I’ve deconstructed, rewritten, turned my book over to a Beta reader (Hi, Sonya), recorded then listened to the manuscript, read enough about Charles Dickens and Georgia O’Keeffe to write a dissertation, changed points of view, changed verb tenses, changed word choices, taken out the pop culture references, added the pop culture references back (Just when I got rid of Jay Leno, Oprah decided to quit,and now, Jay’s back.), watched episodes of Bonanza from the early 60’s, and read, debated, and analyzed copyright infringement on every article I could find (including a few about Charles Dickens), I still have more to do. I’m still working.
I’ll let you know when I’m finished.
5 thoughts on “The Best Book I Can Write”
That’s sound advice. If you spend too much time focusing on the industry, you might find yourself sticking your head in the oven and depriving the world of your brilliance.
At least that’s what I tell myself.
e-readers may just be what saves reading itself. My boyfriend kept trying to tell me reading was dead, what he meant was, the publishing industry is dead. I think he may be right in that it is at least not in good shape.
Thanks, S.C. Green. I like the brilliance idea.
Dear uninvoked, I believe people will always read, and e-readers are fine with me, but I do hope someone steps up to protect writers (and all artists) from digital theft.
Love the focus! Hooray for you! Very inspiring.
Thanks, Claudine. I’m glad you stopped by.