The writer who observes the battlefield before entering the fray will be better equipped to plan strategy and tactics.
Sometimes I am glad that I didn’t “observe the battlefield” before I sat down to write. I would have been overwhelmed with all the different aspects and the need-to-know stuff that I might have given up right then and there. But we all got to start somewhere. That said, no matter where you are on the writer’s journey, it never hurts to take a step back to look at the bigger picture and re-evaluate where you are at and where you want to go.
So what is the big picture? Chapter one throws us right into the grind of the publishing industry. James Scott Bell writes, “So, as one who wants to make a career out of fiction writing, you simply must show the publisher your value, now and in the future.”
Then the question to answer: Is that us? Do we want to make a career out of it?
Yes? Really? Oh, what pitiful wretches we are! Have you ever asked yourself, what was I thinking? Why couldn’t I’ve just gone into something a little more sane like…um…well, I’ll let you fill in the blank. Or maybe that’s only me…
So, why do you write?
I write because I love the adventure of reading and I want to create those adventures for other people. But how to go about doing that? I would love to make a career out of it, but with the changing of the industry it will be interesting to see what that will look like down the road.
So, what say you?