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Understand the Process

17 Feb

003And a very happy February whatever to you.  Whatever, I say, because I’m not sure when I’ll finish and post this blog.  I’m knee-deep in final edits of my latest novel, and it is taking me longer than I suspected, and that means I need to adjust other things….and that means this blog will get done when it gets done.

Why are the edits taking so long?  Because the book just isn’t right yet…it’s that simple.  I’m still not satisfied with the main character, and since he’s carrying the load, so to speak, I think it would be nice if I helped him by clearly defining him.  So the battle continues, but it’s a battle of love.  The book will be finished when the book is finished and not a moment before.  For me, it’s all about trusting the process.


Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination.

Joseph B. Wirthlin
True words, Joseph, and I thank you for them.


I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with new writers.  Heck, for that matter, I’ve had the same chat with students and employees.  There is a process that must be respected in any undertaking.  You simply can’t rush the process.  Learning takes time, my friends, and anyone who thinks they are going to master a task or craft quickly is a fool.

Quite frankly I’m amazed by some online writers who think they are going to go online and start making money immediately, or fiction writers who think they will whip out a book in a few months and make thousands of dollars.  It might happen once in a blue moon, but we’re talking once out of seven billion people.


The tip if five words long:  get a grip on reality.

Okay, I’ll add to that.  You have to pay your dues.  You have to learn your craft.   You have to learn about marketing and social media.  It is all part of the package of becoming a successful writer.

Get a grip on reality.


Sorry to cut this short but I’ve got things to do.  I wish you all a successful day.  I wish you all a successful week.  I wish you all…success.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”