I have a big ol’ blog crush on Janet Reid, which began with Query Shark and was only confirmed when I found her own blog. For those of you who haven’t read Query Shark, you will see the link to my left, your right, go read it. (Yes, Paul, that maybe should have had semi colons in it. You’re making me self-conscious.)
We all get tempted by the shiny “send” button, or by tales of other people’s success, or by our own exhaustion with the thing, and the desire to have it in someone else’s hands. Now. Let them edit it. But read this post through the comments; there are no shortcuts.
I talk big. “I’ll write the chapter that I’ve been struggling through for two years this week” I told someone. Right. I did discover that Troubled Chapter is troubled, in part, because I had no lead up to it. So I wrote two chapters before Troubled Chapter to give it some context.
But I can’t write Troubled Chapter in a week. At the very least, I have to read a book about physics before I even fucking start Troubled Chapter. I have to find a time when my ADD has calmed down enough that I can get work done. And then there is the writing of it. What am I going to say? What do I include? And that’s before I even begin to think about making the chapter interesting to other people. Once I do all that, then I can start making the language prettier, the sentence structure more varied, and establishing connections between my points. A week. How about a month or a year?
How do you gear up for the long haul?