Welcome to Day 10 of the A to Z Challenge
Many bloggers have chosen a theme for the A to Z. My pledge since becoming a blogger is to post about writing, so for this event, I will being posting about what I've learned about writing a novel.
J is for Journey: passage or progress from one stage to another. (Dictionary.com)
For this post, I’m going to keep it personal; after all, it says a writer’s hopeful journey right up there on my banner. And oh, what a journey it has been. Although I was hopeful and I am ambitious and I do work hard, I never actually thought I’d get published, certainly not with my first book. I know that’s pretty rare. I figured with the provocative nature of The Mistaken, I would have to at least write one more before a publisher would be willing to consider it, kind of like John Grisham did with his first book, A Time To Kill, which was only published after his second book, The Firm, made the bestseller lists.
Though I did make it, and The Mistaken will be published (on 10/18/12), the journey wasn’t always by the book. The fact that I’m being traditionally published without an agent is proof of that. My point here is simple: Everybody has their own path, their own journey. Though you might prefer a certain road, you also might find roadblocks that provoke detours, detours that lead to unbeaten paths and open doors you never knew existed.
So don’t embark on your journey wearing blinders or allow yourself to be steered with someone else at the reins. This is your destiny. It’s your decision what works best and what feels right. Remember, regret is just about the worst feeling in the world.
Have you ever considered alternate paths to publication?