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Run, Author, Run!

By On Aug 2 2010, 7:34 am

But remember… this is a marathon – not a sprint.

Yes, it’s one of my blog Mondays – so prepare for some incoherent rambling that will hopefully make some sense in the end.

So, Forest Gump references aside, what am I on about?

This writing thing – it’s all about waiting, hard work, patience and pacing yourself.

Kind of like a race. But a long race – a marathon, not a sprint.

I think it’s important for authors to realize and remember this.

Writing your novel takes time. Getting it ready for submission takes time. Waiting to hear back from an acquiring editor takes time. And you know what…the starter’s gun hasn’t even gone off yet. If you’re in this business for more than a one-book deal you should know…this marathon business is long and hard (I just read that phrase back and realized who my audience is… ah, gonna leave it in anyway ;) )

The rejection letters are the tough hills. The ones that you have to steadily climb, cursing and sweating all the way up, because if you stop halfway it’s even harder to get going again. The harsh reviews are those cramps you have to run through. Like the muscle cramps that let you know your legs are still attached, those reviews let you know at least is someone is reading your book. The promotion you put in is that good pair of shoes you invest in that’ll carry you farther than going barefoot would. Each book release is a water table you can grab a bottle off of, and each good review is that cool breeze you feel at your back when you hit a good rhythm.

So, what am I trying to say with all this marathon nonsense? Put things in proportion people!

I know, I know…that’s often easier said than done. But seriously, if you want a career in this business you have to be in it for the long haul – blisters, sore feet, early morning training runs, cramped muscles and all. Nothing comes easy, nothing comes quickly, nothing comes without some blood and tears. No one buys a pair of shoes and runs the New York marathon the next day. There’s a whole lot of hard work and thought and training that comes before that starter’s gun on Staten Island.

A career in writing is a marathon—not a sprint.


One Response to “Run, Author, Run!”

  1. N.J. Walters says:

    Well said.

    And I have sore feet. :)

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