In keeping with the “Ally’s under deadline and can’t think of anything wise of her own to blog about” theme, today I’m going to ask everyone to go read this blog by megastar and (by all accounts) super adorable person, Sarah Dessen.
I’ve only met Sarah once, so I don’t dare proclaim to know her as well as I’d like, but reading this post made me really, really, really want to hug her.
Why? Because I’ve been there. In fact, every serious writer I know has been there. Writing a book can be HARD sometimes. I mean seriously hard.
…like you spontaneously break into tears while looking for butter at the grocery story (did it)
…like you lie awake for hours, staring at the ceiling, thinking you will never be able to publish again (do it)
…like you throw up every time you talk to your editor (did it)
…like you don’t leave your house for days on end because you know that the two hours it takes to go to Target might be the difference between making your deadline-slash-everything being fine and people at your publisher getting fired (doing it right now)
Yeah, that kind of hard.
Writing is something we writers do for fun. Publishing, meeting deadlines, creating quality stories and work OUT OF THIN air is hard. So very, very hard that people have to call upon every ounce of confidence, support, life experience, and stamina that they have to do it.
If you feel like you’re ready (emotionally, physically, and spiritually) to be in a situation where people might get fired if you can’t create and perfect an entire book in a matter of months, then yes, try to get published.
If not, then enjoy life for a while. Go to the movies, hang out with your friends, watch TV, fly a kite, bake a cake, shoot some hoops. And put off your deadline-enduced nervous breakdown for a while. Trust me.
It isn’t always that way, but it can be. Some books are that way almost the whole time and others only have brief moments, but the crazy and the pressure and the stress are always there, lurking.
Always, always there.
And now I’ve got to get back to it.