NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month = November
So, here we are again. It’s November. Last year, I pumped out a rough draft of Stars and Bones: Thief in the Castle (I didn’t have the name yet.) I was ready for it – I prepped, outlined, and organize.
This year, I’m not so ready. I’ve got a lot of things going on this year, including revising Stars and Bones: Thief in the Castle. I don’t want to pressure myself to get it done in 30 days. Writing it more than word count.
So, I would like to take a moment and talk about expectations.
Fellow writers, if you set unrealistic expectations for yourself, you are only setting yourself up to fail. If you expect publishing deals and movie deals to fall into your lap, you will be disappointed. If you expect every agent you query to come flocking to your inbox, begging for your MS, throwing money at you – you will be very, very, very disappointed.
I can’t tell you how often this writing career of mine has left me disheartened, disappointed, and spiraling into the depths of depression. Every rejection letter, every lost contest, seeing everyone else gets tons of likes during Pitchmad, seeing other writers chosen for Pitchwars – it all adds up. Its hard. Its rough. I’ve cried myself to sleep more times than a reasonable human being should.
Yet I’m still here. Yet I’m still trying.
And I won’t stop until I get it.
My expectations are not what they were five years ago. They are more realistic. If I sell enough to make back the money I put into a book, then I call that a win. If I get a few positive reviews, then that’s a win.
I’m not going to beat myself up because Warner Brothers haven’t called to talk movie rights, or that agents haven’t come knocking for my next story. There are a lot if writers in the pool. A LOT of people trying to do exactly what I’m trying to do – make a living as a writer.
So… remember that the competition is steep. The odds are against you. But don’t give up, or you’ll never make it.