Dream big, start small

It hit me a month ago that maybe I’m not going about this writing thing in the best way. I am an extreme person…it’s either all or nothing with me. When I wanted to go to college, I had to go to a top five university. When I wanted to learn German, I didn’t just go to Germany once, but four different times, one of those times being for a year. When I wanted to do something that would “push my intellectual stimulation” and at some point in the near future help me earn mad dough, I went to law school. I don’t do things in a “small” way. So, when I decided to “become a writer,” I began writing a book. A damn book. Do y’all know what the average word count for a book is? Well, somewhere in between 50,000 and 60,000, and that is on the lower end. So far, I have around 35,000. Like I said, I don’t do things small.

I have tried sending out book proposals to various publishing agencies, because I didn’t think I needed to deal with a middle man. Go straight to the source, is what I told myself. Literary agencies? They are for people who are don’t do things big time, for people who are ok with waiting. Of course, this was my nice way of deluding myself. As the rejection letters from the publishing companies began to return to me, I thought, hmmm, maybe I should start sending my stuff to literary agents. When I started receiving rejection letters from literary agents, I had to rethink the whole process…what the hell was I doing, how was I really going to go about it, and how was I going to suddenly get the patience needed for the task that now lay ahead of me?

I decided to take a break from trying to get my book published all together. I decided I was going to focus on just writing. I mean, how am I going to go from being a lawyer, to being a teacher of juvenile delinquents, to being a bum in Jamaica and Australia, then suddenly to some accomplished writer? When was the last time I actually wrote creatively before law school? It had been years, so I decided I need to practice…to make sure that this is what I really wanted in the first place. And I wrote…I wrote multiple short stories, I wrote a children’s book, and I started applying for writing gigs with online magazines. Of those online magazines, I have two possibilities of writing with seemingly legit sites. Hopefully soon, I will have a link to my work on those sites…it isn’t a published book, but it is a start…and pretty cool start, if I do say so myself.

Published in: on July 19, 2008 at 2:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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