Tuesday, February 06, 2007

No goals, another update

This no-goal is hard. Very hard! I have fairly well mastered it in terms of knitting. I'm not even too bummed at the prospect of taking out the first few rows of the birch shawl that I've knit because, well, I can't remember exactly how many I already knit. (I will be better about writing this down next time!)

But no goals in writing is harder. I really want things to get published. I can't help it. It would make me feel so much more legitimate, in my own eyes and when I speak to people about what I do. That said, it's also really hard to have publishing goals at this point in my writing. My fiction writing is no where near ready to be sent out. Some of my essays are, but as we all know, sending these out is a very frustrating process. (As for that editor I mentioned who seemed interested in my work, now--Poof!--she's disappeared and won't email me back.)

So not having a goal would be a great thing, since it seems like getting published is a bit out of my control anyway. Yes, I can work hard to improve my writing, and I can send out stuff relentlessly, but there's no guarantee that it'll work!

Do you have any suggestions as to how to not put pressure on yourself but still try to get published? Best Blogger Tips


TI said...

Hi Bug. I am on the best one to give advice, but I think that if you just keep sending stuff out it will come together eventually. I know that publishing is a goal we all have, but if you keep in mind that you are diligently working on your craft AND you aren't dependent on publication for an income, it won't matter quite as much. You *are* a legtimate writer *already*. Keep reminding yourself of that.

Bug said...

Thanks TI. Can you move into my head, please?

January said...

"Do you have any suggestions as to how to not put pressure on yourself but still try to get published?"


Okay, that's not true. Maybe your focus should be on the MFA but keep revising the old stuff. And keep your eyes open for opportunites.

A lot of writers seem to be going through the same thing so know that you are in good company.

bostonerin said...

I am also not the best one for advice on this (being a stressed-out overachiever, myself). The thing I try to keep in mind is that like any other creative endeavor, coming to a level of facility with the craft takes time. Publishing *does* make you feel good, but it's really the act of writing diligently and regularly that brings the most reward. It'll also shorten the amount of time it takes to get published--your work will be in GREAT shape when it's ready to go out!

FatCharlatan said...

Drink whiskey.

Repeat as necessary.

(What's up with that editor?? I'm pissed at said editor and it's not even my essay! ARGH!!)

TI said...

When I said "I am on the best one.." I meant "I am NOT the best one to give advice." Trust me, you do not want me moving into your head right now.
I should also add, though, that my experience in publishing scholarly papers shows that the good feelings of a publication are fleeting. By the time it sees print, I've usually moved on to the next project. So Bostonerin is right: write dilgently and regularly.

chiefbiscuit said...

I think what you are doing is a very good idea as it will be giving your brain time to process information you are taking in while being relaxed. It's good to practice doing something that seems to go against what your natural inclination leans toward. I'm sure you will be surprise dwhat will turn up in your writng down the line. Just let your brain keep subconsciously taking in the data!

briliantdonkey said...

The best advice I can give is DON'T write for editors,publicists,and the billions of people you envision buying your work. Write for what Stephen King refers to as your IR(Ideal Reader) whomever that may be. Write something with this person in mind, to please them. For THEIR enjoyment. Doing that will help you to relax and anymore than that which comes from it is just gravy.


Repeater said...

What I've done for myself is allow time to learn the craft. Pre-MFA I spent a few months sending stories that weren't ready out. It was good practice, but unrealistic. I am now working steadily, but not rushing it. I've always pushed so hard, I want to give this process time to breathe. Anyway, that's where I am. Does it help at all?

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