I admit, I have a lot of different feelings regarding the writing world. The more I learn about it, the more it terrifies me – there is so much to it! Sometimes, I feel like I’m a six-year-old lost at Disney World… there are so many beautiful things and exciting rides and, oh hey look! There’s Goofy!!! But I kind of just want to find my parents and hold my mom’s hand and hide from all the everything because it’s scary. There are so many people out there, doing the exact same thing as me, I’m not really sure how to begin.
One thing I hear over and over is this: network. Like in the normal-job world (because let’s face it – writing is an abnormal, extraordinary sort of job), more connections = a better chance of success. Different people and different environments will have more to offer in this department, and in my particular case, I only won the bath towel in the million-dollar raffle… I live in a rural area with a lot of private people and in real life I am a timid, polite, deer-in-the-headlights sort of person. While it would be wise to tell Goofy that you need to find your mom and dad and enlist his help… Goofy is a lot bigger than you and there is a mob of children waiting for his signature… that makes it incredibly nerve-racking to ask for help.
Guys, turns out, somebody invented this thing called “The Internet”. It’s apparently really big with … well … everybody. So living in the country and being shy is no longer an excuse. YAY. Or not.
From what I read, the best thing for a wannabe author to do is to be everywhere. Find forums, meet other writers, read up on agents and publishing houses, have a writing blog, make writing friends, talk about your book all the time everywhere to everyone, even to people with more know-how than you. The key, it seems, is confidence. Or doing a really good job pretending you have confidence. And that, my friends, is also pretty easy to do on the Internet. When I’m nervous, my hands shake and I occasionally stutter… but on the Internet, none of that matters! This isn’t to downplay the importance of personal contacts and intimate relations… but the Internet sure helps.
I don’t know, guys. It’s still pretty scary to me.
What do you think? Where have you had your best success? Or are you just like me… just starting out and petrified of the Great Wild Yonder?
** As an amusing side note, WordPress has suggested “bad parenting” as a possible tag for this post. Let that be a lesson to you parents out there – if your kid gets lost at Disney World, the Internet thinks you are a bad parent. Way to be non-judgmental, Internet. 😛