Sunday, January 11, 2009

Speed Bumps

I think it was the Commonwealth of Virginia that used to have signs along the road that said, HUMP everytime there was a speed bump on the road. Why? What kind of idiot has to go against the standard and be different? Needless to say, those signs didn't last. I think they say, Speek Hump, which is still weird. My husband would look at me funny everytime we passed one of those signs and I'd say, "Now?" and he'd say, "It's the law." LMAO.
I've hit a few speed bumps since the New Year so I decided to slow down. Funny thing, though, someone said to me, slow down! The publishing industry works/runs very slooooowly. I think slowing down is a fine idea, but I'm not sure that's the reason for it. I mean, who cares how slow the industry goes? This is NOTHING against the friend who said that. I agree that the industry allows me the flexibility to set a pace that isn't going to stress me out. [something I hadn't done...and i was a little stressed]
On the other hand, lucky me that the industry makes such slow progress, because I can do two or three times the amount of work in the same amount of time it takes them to read my query, request and deny my manuscript [yes, the other option is accept/contract...but let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?]. In a way, the industry is giving writers everything we need to be the best we can be...TIME.
So, stop grumbling and WRITE!
Have a great week.


  1. Oh god the opening to this is truly priceless!

    And while I agree that the industry itself may give us time... as writer's we do not. It is the nature of who we are and what drives us. If we are not working on a ms... then what are we? If we are not making progress then we are in what-a sort of suspended state of creativity where flying plot monkeys hound you until you decide it is time to go BICHOK?

    The life of a writer is a fickle thing and though we try to move at the pace of the industry or convince ourselves there is plenty of time... we often find ourselves thinking exactly the opposite!

    Sorry about my $1.50 when all you asked for was 2 cents. ;)

  2. You're a sweetie, Moira.
    I needed the break, though, so I'm glad the advice came through. :P I'm still working...just more thoughtfully.

  3. I'm writing a book as well, but I had to take a break. After doing Nanowrimo, I was so bogged down with the whole project. Forcing that many words out just got to be too much. I'm planning on editing, and finishing the project soon (@50k word now...) but it's still on break. Maybe I'll work on it some this weekend...

  4. I like to think I'm going to have 50 books backlogged by the time I get published. Then I can just sit back, relax and let my hard work pay off.

    Think it'll happen? Yeah, I'm laughing, too.

  5. Hmmm... those "wise" words sound familiar;) Okay, fine, you got me. The truth is I just wanted you to slow down so I could catch up.


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