Thoughts of publishing usually evoke this image in my mind.
But theories are free and everyone has one so why not me? Besides I need to have a secret formula for that Today Show interview in the future. Bring it on, Matt Lauer…bring it on.
Practice: Some of us have more than one manuscript hidden in a drawer or gathering virtual cobwebs on an obsolete flash drive. While other’s concentrate for years on one story, a masterpiece, the Moby Dick of a new generation. I’m of the school of thought that practice makes perfect so I’m currently editing my fourth. And I know this one is far better than my first attempt. I believe even those who have spent countless months on one story should take a break. Shelve the masterpiece if only for a short time to write something completely different. Stretch yourself and practice your craft. You might gain a whole new perspective on your ‘white whale’.
Persevere: We live in a time where people find it all too easy to give up on their dreams. But every story we hear from those who have gone before us and had their work published have one thing in common. Despite multiple rejections, they never gave up. And I believe if there is a magic ingredient to the stew of success it is pushing forward. Never Surrender.
Pray: It can’t hurt, whether you want to go the traditional route on your knees, promising to give half your earnings to build bridges in Uganda or the slightly unorthodox way of dancing naked in your backyard under the light of a full moon.
Ok, the latter might not actually be part of a prayer ritual but it still makes for a fun Saturday night.
Does anyone have anything to add? Maybe some nugget of advice all of us aspiring writers need to hear? And if it starts with a ‘P’ even better.