I’m interested in getting your thoughts about stuff I see and hear, quotes I read, stuff that passes as knowledge – and starting an authorey conversation.
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For my perfectionist friends: please don’t polish your book forever.
It’s never gonna be perfect.
At some point you have to stop polishing and publish.
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Don’t forget: Tomorrow is THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
Prepare to be impressed.
I am. Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post.
At some point, your story doesn’t get better it just gets different.
I actually get it. These are friends you’ve lived with for a long time, and you don’t wanna say goodbye. You don’t have to. Every time you open the book, they are right there again. Give them the happy ending they deserve and start your next story. You have more than one good story in you.
Do not deny the world of your amazing story any longer.
Or are the endless rewrites and revisions your way of hiding? If you publish, you actually run the risk of being seen as a failure because your book doesn’t sell 100,000 copies. You’re not a failure as long as you don’t actually finish it? Hmm. True, but that sounds a lot like denial to me. Yes, publishing can definitely change you from writer to failure if you have unrealistic expectations, but tinkering allows you to keep the dream – pretense, really – while starving you of the joy that comes with someone saying your story changed their life, or that they loved it, or it made them cry, or that it was the best book they read last year… or even that it was really good. You are denying yourself that, too.
Either way, sounds like you’re in denial…
Is that the example you want to set for your kids? Is that how you want them to respond when they are faced with a challenge? No? Then why is it good enough for you?
Well, know this: 80% of adults want to write a book. The vast majority never do, and don’t even start. You’re already a success if you started because you’re no longer in that group.