Watching all of the superfab 2012 Olympic Athletes cross the finish lines in each of their respective sports got me to thinking about how we, as Indie Epublished Authors, make it to our own finish lines…aka “The End.”
This week, I finished what will become my 19th Indie Epublished Book (STUCK WITH A STIFF). And, I think I’ve finally settled on a process that works for me to get to each “The End.”
When I first started writing for publication – over 13 years ago, I was a writer who had to completely write the perfect page before I could move onto the next. In other words, every sentence had to have just the right words, perfect grammar, and be perfectly in line with each character and my plot line.
Okay…what plot line? Exactly the right question. I never had an overall plot line because I couldn’t get past the page I was currently working on! LOL!
Then, along came RWA (Romance Writers of America), where I was taught that the first three chapters had to be perfect for “partial” submissions and contests. Yep. You guessed it! That meant I now had a ton of perfect partials, but no complete manuscripts. Uhm yeahhh…that ain’t gettin’ ya to the finish line either.
So, then…Nora Roberts told a bunch of us at a conference that “you can fix crap, but you can’t fix an empty page.” For some reason, that’s what finally got me cruising along to a ton of The Ends.
It wasn’t until I learned to let go and JUST WRITE that I began to cross my finish lines on a regular basis (about every three months).
I no longer worry about getting that perfect word right at the get-go. I don’t care if my character has blue eyes in chapter one and dark brown espresso peepers by chapter ten. I don’t care if my plot is too “cheesy” crazy on the first run. Plot holes? Oh well…
I just keep on swimming through new pages. I get back up on those big ass balance beams, otherwise known as story structure, characterization, backstory and pacing. I ride hard (on my broom not a bicycle ), racing from one chapter to the next. And if it’s pouring down rain in my life, when I need to be hammering that beach volleyball, I hammer the sucker anyway and dry off later.
I have a page goal each and every day. And I make that goal, no matter what happens along the way to my very own Gold Medal podium.
Bottom line: I know what I produce ain’t Gold every day, but I can go back later and turn it into Gold.
That’s what it takes to get to the finish lines in our careers…to each and every “The End.”
How ’bout you, WG2E-Land: How do you get to your “The End”?
The Best of WG2E Finish Line Wishes — D. D. Scott