Why does the writer assume they can just write with no training whatsoever-and then expect on their first attempt to be published? What makes them think they are so much inherently greater, need so much less training than any other artist?"
-From The First Five Pages by Noah LukemanAgree or disagree? I, for one, have scary first drafts to prove it.
We've all heard the media hype about certain authors. One example is Stephanie Meyers. Twilight was her first novel, so she had success right out of the gate. And that gives writers hope.
Because let's face it: writing an entire novel is hard work. It takes me about 3 months to get a first draft down. It takes some as short as four weeks, others as long as a year. And then all the revisions begin. You pour your blood, sweat and tears into your story, so of course, you hope against hope that it will capture an agent/pub house's attention.
So while we wait, the only thing to do is polish our masterpieces, fine tune our dress rehearsals, and perfect our craft. All while learning something very valuable in the process: how to develop thick skins (and scabs on our souls) while in perpetual waiting and rejection mode.
THAT is something Stephanie doesn't have on me. *wink*