H is for Holistic
Ho·lis·tic - Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the organic or functional relationship between the parts and the whole.
Creative writing is an art (or a craft, depending on which definition you favor). It is a learned skill. A book on a store shelf is a piece of inventory, waiting to be purchased for a fair price, of which a percentage of the proceeds will be returned to the writer as compensation for their efforts. The process that takes place between the creation of the novel and having its bar code scanned at the register is long and arduous, involving many steps and facets.
To become one of those published novelist, we as writers need to become vested in the WHOLE process. “I just want to write” isn’t something we can aspire to any longer. And when I say whole process, I’m not just talking about agent searches, querying, synopsis, digital footprints, writer platforms, publishing contracts, book tours, marketing events, publicity, etc…etc. You need to approach it holistically, which means you also must look at how this endeavor affects the other aspects of your life.
Do you already have a full-time job and will your pursuit of a publishing deal cause friction? Do you have the support of your family and how will they react when you sequester yourself away for days while you do line-edits? How’s your health…physically and mentally? I just talked about having enough GRIT to be a writer yesterday; will that be an issue for you?
See what I’m getting at? Becoming a published writer is a lot more than being able to craft a mesmerizing novel. Sometimes I feel people rush into this on a whim (or in my case…a dare), but now that I’ve been immersed in it for almost four years now I can tell you there’s so much more to consider. That book on the shelf represents the tip of a massive iceberg and unless you study all of it before forging ahead you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.
Here’s your piece of personal information for today. Although I struggle to name my favorite movie or book, I have no problem listing my favorite record and recording artist. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band! You weren’t aware I was holding a contest during the Challenge? You can read all about it HERE.