Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One End, New Beginnings

Yikes! Where did the month of April go? And shame on me for not blogging once. I found these two quotes recently and wanted to share:
  • “The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn't write.”
  • “If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer. You’re a waiter.”

I haven’t really figured out my latest bout with writer’s block (writer’s procrastination). At first, I blamed it on my day job creeping into my writing days. But who let that happen? Me, myself and I. In truth, it’s more about a funk I’ve dropped into since completing two books and not finding an agent yet. It’s been hard to throw every bit of myself into these books, truly believe in them, and still not get them recognized.

Agent and prolific blogger Rachelle Gardner recently wrote a column titled 4 Reasons You Should Write Several Books before Seeking Publication.

Eye-opening, sobering and hard to swallow – yet pretty on target. Sometimes writers need to strengthen their craft. Sometimes they need to write a book that’s more marketable. Sometimes we need to let go of the things we love, even if that thing is a manuscript.

It’s time to commit to book 3 — I’d hate for it to be the best thing I didn’t write.


  1. Thanks, Mandy. "The best thing I didn't write..." Yikes. I'm releasing album #6 (as you well know), and I've decided that I'm going to write and record until the day I die, no matter what recognition I do (or don't) ever get. That doesn't mean I'm going to give less than my best... it just means that my reasons for writing/recording have shifted a little. Never getting a 'record deal' is okay with me. I think you're a successful writer because you write. Period.

  2. Mandy--and other writers: consider joining the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG). They sponsor conferences, workshops, have a list of editors, and help steer a writer to an agent. I've belonged for years.


    "The maker of a sentence/launches out into the infinite/and builds a road into/Chaos and Old Night/and is followed by those/who hear him/with something of/wild creative delight. Ralph Waldo Emerson