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As many as six impossible things

Am suffering from sudden bout of writer's envy. There are far too many people in the world who have gotten novels published before me. This should not be allowed. Harrumph.

Er, yeah.

The stupid part is it's not like I wouldn't have a chance at getting a novel published... once I get around to actually writing a novel I like. (Actually, is it that, or is it the fact that I've already written seven of the damned things and still haven't unearthed one I can stand?) Must do so immediately. Much more productive than wallowing in writer's envy, after all. And now that "Tongue-Tied" is rewritten for the last time (with only minor edits left before shipping it off to Realms of Fantasy), there are no excuses for procrastination.

Contract to self: I will have a novel written by the end of the summer, and ready for agent-shopping by the end of the year. Sign on the dotted line.

mlc

P.S. Go read The Eyre Affair. It's like the Hitchhiker's Guide of literary meta-fiction. And it explains who wrote Shakespeare. Much fun is had by all.

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astres
Jun. 13th, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. But after months and months of working at the library, shelving fiction, I think I have come to realize that they are all people too ((except for Steel, Grisham, Griffith, King, Roberts and the Kellermans......they are machines....or monsters. I haven't figured out which yet.))

I wish I could do a contract like that but I'm such a slow writer.....I need to go over my first novela dn take out this whole 20 page part...it's just too mucha nd it detracts from storyline.....so yeah. *sigh* The world is collapsing.

So you know.
sythyry
Jun. 14th, 2003 08:00 pm (UTC)
[Sythyry's author, poking around for other writers with livejournals, rather randomly waves, and nods sympathetically about writers' envy.]
writerpo
Jun. 15th, 2003 02:44 pm (UTC)
I try not to think about the people around me getting published as I languish in obscurity, because I know I'm getting better, will get better, and am much better than I was when I first started writing seriously.

Still goals are good, and completing them is even better. Even if you hate the novels you've written, you've at least gotten through them. It is simply a matter of time, practice, and talent before you write one that remains as exciting to you when you finish as when you start.

I wish you the best of luck.

---Peter
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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The Way We Fall
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The Worlds We Make
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