You've spent countless hours, wept countless tears, unkinked fingers, massaged tendonitis of the wrist, rubbed your temples wishing away the migraine, so when is enough enough?
Your queries get form rejection after form rejection. All
Your crit group never seems to say, "This is THE one!"
Your first 250 words don't draw the excitement out of others that you feel.
When is it time to step away from your very first novel and try something new?
I'm not trying to post a downer blog. I'm just being realistic. (Which is truly rare for me.) Because this is the way it works for many of us. Even more bleak is the likelihood that you might have to step away from not only your first
Don't feel unfaithful. Your characters know you love them and always will. Maybe someday someone else will love them too. Will anyone ever love them exactly as you do? Does any reader ever feel exactly the same about any facet of a novel as the writer? Do any two readers ever really view the characters, setting, or events through the same set of eyes?
There's a good chance you'll go back to your first novel. A good chance that after your
Do you feel as you once did for your first teenage sweetheart? Your highschool love? Even the person you were with before you met your current love? Time. Is. All. It. Takes.
So give it some. Step back or plunge ahead. With or without your first love, never give up. Seriously.
You've thought about it for months. You cradled it (well, your laptop, anyway) in your arms the last 300 nights in a row. You are not sure you're ready for anyone to see it yet. Because, well, they might see a blemish on your perfect baby's cheek and that would destroy your hopes and dreams for her (yes, mine's female) to live the published life you always knew it would have.
You feel actual pain the first time you post your query/first page on a public forum. It's out there.
You almost vomit when you get the results (see Nathan Bransford's review of my first page here). How could he/she/they do this to me? She's so perfect, can't they see that? Wait. . .
Take a deep breath. She's still your baby. Cradle her, but look down carefully. See the blemishes? Yes, you do, don't you? They'll heal, but it'll take you some time and research to happen.
Try again. When you think you've got it nailed, send her out into the world (maybe just show a few people this time - advice I probably should have taken back in July. . .).
Repeat until you find success. (tomorrow, more on my love/hate relationship with my query)