Month: July 2014

Realistic Expectations

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I am working on the last chapters of The Omphalos of Delphi. I might not make the deadline for an October release. Even though this news is bothersome, it seems more practical to perfect the book. I don’t want to be rushed, then wind-up unhappy with the finished product. With all the research involved, I am surprised I got most of the book done. I will continue to post my whereabouts on the book, and also update the launch date.
Thanks for your support.

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Realistic Expectations

When writing a book, everyone is guilty of fanaticizing about high sales, worldwide notoriety, and even certain actors casted for the movie. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. However, once the book is finished, those fantasies can turn into expectations.
I’ll admit that I too have done it. After The Sphere of Archimedes was published, I anticipated reaping a bountiful harvest. My problem? My expectations were too high. It takes a while to build an audience, gain readership, and grow as a writer. The sales weren’t over the top like I hoped. It did generate money, but not enough to make a living.

 

It’s not ridiculous to think of fame and fortune. There are many published authors who were successful with their first novel. So, it can be obtained.

 

The point I’m trying to make is: be practical. Don’t dream so large that you see stars. If you do, and that dream doesn’t become a reality, you might have a hard fall. It could discourage you to never write again.

 

Take care, my friends 🙂
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Envy

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O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

Othello by William Shakespeare

 

Crabs in a bucket

Did you know that crab fishermen do not put a lid on their catch?

If a crab tries to escape the bucket, the others will reach up and pull it back down. It is actually called the “Crab Mentality”.

Guess what? We humans do the exact same thing.

Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. In Latin, invidia is the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere –“to look against”, “to look at in a hostile manner”.

I have watched beautiful and talented people pulled-down by those closest to them either friends or family members. Also, I’ve witnessed people within the business world squash their co-workers in fear of being “out-shined”.

Did you ever think that if one got to the top, they might reach down and help another? It could happen. We should be encouraging not discouraging . Think about it, all those crabs are doomed to die, but if they just helped each other they might not be in that predicament.

LIFT DON’T PULL.

Take care, my friends.

Practice Makes Perfect?

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Where I’m at Wednesday

I am working hard to finish The Omphalos of Delphi by August 1st.

 

Perfection

 

I hate to tell you this, but your manuscript with NEVER be perfect.

 

Writing a novel has its moments of gratification—creating scenes, characters, and dialogue. Sometimes it is very tempting to go back and edit before the book is finished. Over the years, I have learned not to get into this habit. Editing prematurely can cause frustration, obsessiveness, and stop you from finishing your goal. There are times when writers just need to write. Get your story out first, and then go back to do edits.

 

Once you have finished the book, cleaned up the story, fixed grammar errors, and added or subtracted the issues, you need to LET IT GO.

 

Did you know that you could over-edit and kill a story?

 

I started doing such the thing with my second novel. I kept going over and over it, trying to make it “perfect”. I wound up eliminating building blocks to my main character. I honestly didn’t think they were important, but after a friend read the reedits he told me that he didn’t like it.

 

Trust me, I know how difficult it is to hand the manuscript over to an editor. If you have your main problems solved and corrected grammatical errors to the best of your ability, you are good to go. Stop stressing. Stop obsessing. You can do this!

 

Good luck.
Take care, my friends. 🙂