You know how sometimes the same message seems to come up over and over. Different contexts, same message. I always think it is the universe trying to tell me something.
Well over the last few days the concept of volume of work helps. Day before last I retweeted someone’s quote from Edgar Rice Burroughs, “If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
Then I read an article about author’s voice, and I made the comment about my feeling that it takes pages and pages of writing before an author’s voice appears.
Today, in a training I am attending, the presenter discussed how change processes work within a system. His words to our group, “It’s a numbers game.” Meaning that if you try one thing your chances of success are slim. If you try a hundred things, your chances for success are dramatically increased.
Ok… universe. I’m detecting a pattern here.
We live in a society (and age) that lends itself to instantaneous rewards. I want my burger in two minutes, I want to download an entire book in 10 seconds, I only want to have a 140-character conversation… But this idea of instant gratification is the absolute antithesis of writing or for that matter art.
It’s a process not an event
Writing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to actually write 85,000 words. It doesn’t happen immediately, even if the work generated is the best writing ever created. And yes, I know there are those who quote the individuals whose first novel ever written is a worldwide success. I suggest that “overnight” success is the anomaly, rather than the pattern.
SO, why am I blogging about this today? Well . . . as reminder for myself, I think. A reminder that the journey I am on as a writer is not a quick one; that, the more I write the better I get, and the better my chances of success. In this case less isn’t more. More is more.
More words mean more growth. More queries mean an agent or a publisher. This last concept is weighing heavy on my mind as my revision draws to a conclusion. I expect to start the querying process in June. When I get to the point of querying, I will remind myself of this blog post.
I guess the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” will be my author’s mantra.
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