I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix 😦 Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.
I once went to a talk by Charlaine Harris. It was back in Australia and it was held in a cinema. I almost missed it, if it wasn’t for my friend Will being a member at this book store chain (can’t remember which one). There was an email for members, inviting them to listen to her. I think it ended up being sold out actually. Anyway one of the things she mentioned was that when she first published her Sookie Stackhouse series, there was no other books like hers on the market. She was the first of that genre. Then as time went on other works from different people were added. Charlaine didn’t let the fact that her books didn’t fit into a genre back then stop her. She went full steam ahead and created an entire series of them.
The point is that as a writer, do not write for the current trends of the market. If you do you could finish your book just as the hype is over and then what. You’ve spent all this time on a book that is no longer in demand. Instead write what you love and want to read. Writers get to decide what the public wants because often the public do not know what they like until they are offered something different.
I read somewhere some time ago that most people inadvertently compare the worst parts of themselves to the best parts of other people.
Don’t do this. It’s a trap!
Spending all your time on focusing on someone else’s dream is not the way to go in life. Sure for a while it might benefit you, like an income, but in the end it detracts resources and time from your dreams. You want success? Focus on yourself. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself.
This world is okay, but my head is better.
Quick! Write it down and become a trendsetter.
I prefer the stories in my head, to the ones on the bookshelf,
because no one else knows me better than myself.
The mental adventures I travel toward, make up for the ones I will never have in real life,
because the thousand lives I live are each their own reward.