I had a nasty head cold this week. It was damn near impossible to think through. So instead of working (or, more accurately, typing three words then staring at the screen until I dozed off), I finally gave in to all the folks who've told me to watch Downton Abbey. Holy crap, people. My biggest problem with this show is that I got well enough to work again by the fifth episode of season two and I haven't been able to finish it. And it's likely to stay that way for the next three weeks or so. Argh!
Le sigh. It's better than still being sick.
Anyway, down to business.
What They Said:
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. ~ Ovid
What I Heard:
Put your bad self out there, yo. ~ O
There are tons of moments about which writers fantasize. Getting an agent! Selling your book! The blurbs! The cover! The ARC! OMG! Every one of these moments seems greater than the last.
But none of those are the biggest. The biggest moment is the moment you first submit your writing anywhere, because that's the moment you know you're serious. You've sent your writing to a venue where, if accepted, it will be made available for public consumption. That. Is. Huge.
Now I know, I know, some people are saying, "I don't need to submit. I'm self-publishing." To do this, though, you will need to submit your work to a reputable editor* and then market the hell out of that sucker. Same difference. You're still putting yourself out there.
It's a litmus test. You let other eyes see it. You make it available for others to purchase.** You value it enough to seek payment. This is the moment you know you mean it, and none of those other moments will happen without it. If you don't put it out there, no one will ever discover it.
Cast your line.
*Please, dear God, get an editor. Don't sell yourself short. Don't buy into the fallacy of quantity over quality. Everyone needs an editor, even special snowflakes like you and me.
**I don't understand the whole "I'm putting it on Amazon for free" thing. I mean, a free short story to promote the novel you're selling? Okay. But a whole free novel? Forever? Don't you feel your work has worth? I don't get it.
If you're a writer, what's your dream moment? If not, what's your opinion of Downton Abbey? (No spoilers!)