Join us as Lynley Wayne goes Outside the Margins.
Writing is not a career for the faint of heart. It’s long hours of pouring your heart out onto the page, breathing life into these characters, and being there for all of their ups and downs. It’s months of laughter and tears as you watch those characters become something more than when you started.
Once you finish telling their story, then it’s time to go back and try to look at the story with a critical eye. You have to cut words, pages, chapters, and even characters, you love. You have to take this thing that is a part of you and cut it up, so you can put it back together. All with the hope that you are making it better, stronger, and not cutting away some vital part.
And then the hard part begins.
Now it’s time to let it out into the world. Let others read it and weigh in. Judge. Criticize. Point out every flaw. You hold your breath and do your best not to take it personal. To know that their comments are not directed at you, but at your story.
Then once you have gotten it back, bruised and bleeding red ink, it’s time to bandage the wounds, put makeup on the bruises and do your best to make it pretty. Why? So you can do it all over again.
Submitting a novel, whether it be to an agent or a publisher, is a lot like standing on a stage in front of strangers and saying judge me. The thing is, they only have this one tiny part of you, in which to form an opinion. Yet, that opinion will decide on what path your career takes. It means the difference between becoming a published writer or not, in some cases.
Once you hit the send button you then have to wait between three and twelve weeks for a response, depending on who you submit to.
If you are lucky enough to be offered a contract, then the process of tearing it apart and putting it all back together, starts again. When you reach the end, in most cases, you have a sense of accomplishment. You began with a blank page and with months, or even years, of hard work you created something you can be proud of. Something you are ready to share with the world.
And then you find yourself standing on that stage again, all alone, waiting to be judged.
No, writing is not for the faint of heart.
~ Lynley Wayne
About Lynley Wayne
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who or how we love is no longer an issue.
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