April’s conversation topic is Success and Failure, the roller coaster ride that every writer takes on a daily, hourly..may I say…minute by minute basis. Under our beds are dust-moted old manuscripts. For each book we bring to press are ‘awful versions’ of the same novel which we’ve successfully transformed to a page turner. We might have those dated versions on our computers, but we’ll probably never look at them again. Why? Because our current successes build from our failures.
When I was an English teacher, I once had a student named Craig who was one of the poorest spellers I’d ever encountered. Craig was smart and a goal-setter. He was determined to go to college and earn a business/advertising degree. Could he be successful in college if he misspelled every other word? Could I write a page-turning novel after penning stories that should not see the light of day?
The answer is yes to Craig and yes to any writer. Our successes build from our failures. Craig studied hard to memorize every word he couldn’t spell and when spell check came about, he got an extra boost. He refused to believe he was less than intelligent because he had trouble spelling, much like I refuse to let a writing dilemma go unchallenged.
I am curious, though. How many of you have dug out an old, early manuscript and make it sparkle? I’d love to know!
SUSPENSE SPIKED WITH ROMANCE
LAST RESORT * FADEOUT * SWOON
FADEOUT won a RONE award! LIE CATCHERS is out on KDP right now!