Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Letting it go

A lot of people seem to be blogging and talking about a post titled "For Jessica" over at Finding Your Voice. And while I read this heartfelt story and offered up my prayers, the post that really seemed to speak to me was the second one titled "Avoiding creative burnout". Okay, I know it sounds completely shallow to prefer a technical approach to writing over a beautifully-written, dig-in-your-heart post, but that it's just that the creative burnout post really spoke to what's been on my mind lately.

Rejection? Haven't gotten much of that lately. (With my writing that is. Job hunting on the other hand...) It's really been mostly silent. I've had two partials out for about 4 months and another for 2 weeks. Still, I can't help but feel I'm headed in the wrong direction. How do you start another novel when you're still in love with your last one. I already created an original-concept, plot-driven story once that no one seems to be loving. What's to say the next time will be any different? And who and the heck can be creative with a negative attitude like that :)

The post's advice? To separate the act of creation from the act of publishing. The article goes on to tell you how to do this. Like:

"Keep more than one project going. Have new work you’re conceptualizing while you edit the old work and send out the older. Keep your focus on your work and not on the publishing business."


"Don’t invest everything in one project. Especially these days. Times are tough in publishing. You can love your book but you also need to Let. It. Go. Maybe it will be published, maybe it won’t. Like a child, you do your best by it but beyond that, you don’t have a lot of say in how it turns out. Get to work on the next book."

Lot's of good advice here. I seriously think I need to bookmark this post and study it some more in the morning, when my optimism is at its peak and I'm ready to get back to work!


Ilie Ruby said...

I'll add one more piece of advice: write your heart out, do your very best, and then let it go. The adage that life happens when you are making other plans is true, at least it was true for me. Check out this interview in the Concord Patch, where I tell how many long years working on publication culminated in one moment--at the time I had put the book away. Happy writing and do not give up!

Ilie Ruby

Steph Damore said...

Thanks Ilie, I'll go check it out. Your comment about life happening while you're making other plans is so true. I'm always making other plans, goals, but those are some of the best times.

A misinterpreted wave said...

You definitely need to keep being a writer, I think that's what we identify as. It's just the rest of the world that wants proof you're a writer (aka publication), and I think that is what can get you down - the expectations of others and the 'look' that suggests real writers are published.

Boo to them - we are all writers.

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Laura Martone said...

Good advice, Steph, but still depressing. I AM still in love with my first novel (even though it needs a serious revision) and unwilling to let. it. go.

At least for now. ;-)

P.S. Cool. My word veri is "versings" - how very apt.