I have not arrived. Neither have most people I know. It is not their stories that I hear, however, but those of experts who already have everything figured out. There is certainly wisdom to that logic. As someone who had the misfortune of getting a resident (doctor in progress) on an emergency room visit that went comically wrong, I understand why expertise is important.
There is a danger to only telling the stories of those who have made it, though. We lose the voices of those still slogging through, still trying to figure things out. By the time the expert goes back to write about the process they have conquered, they are no longer experiencing the frustration, fear, or elation that was so real to them in the moment.
I am a novelist who has just started trying to navigate the publishing world. As I figure it out, I’ll keep you updated, but not just about what went right. I’ll tell you what went horribly wrong, too, so you can avoid making my mistakes. I hope to not just share technical details, though, but help you get a sense of what life in progress as a writer feels like.
Part of what I find so powerful about fiction is finding yourself in the world the author has created. A character most resonates with me when I’ve felt what they are feeling. I have made it very easy to leave comments on this blog because I want readers to be able to engage with me. Was a post encouraging or helpful? Tell me. Was it confusing gibberish? Tell me that, too. Have a question? Ask it.