Ms. Bennett is off taking care of a new little human (CONGRATS MY DEAR!) and has asked a few of us to help her with the month of September. So here I am.
Who am I? Kelley Lynn a Young Adult author who’s usual home is my blog which you can find here. I do like visiting places and making new friends though so I’m PUMPED J.A. allowed me to come for a visit.
What should we talk about? How about… THE END.
J.A. Bennett has a fantastic blog, all about the Writer’s Journey. As I fly around the blogosphere I realize every writer has a different journey and a different goal.
Some of our friends are looking forward to typing ‘the end’ on a book, to look at those wonderful two words and say, “I did it! I finished a book!” The idea that we determined we would write a book and followed it through to completion puts a huge smile on our face.
Some of us need to see our work in print, whether hard copy or ebook. Perhaps we don’t need an agent or a publisher’s approval. We know our work is good and as long as others read it (anywhere from a few to many) that is enough for us. Self-publishing it is!
Then there are those of us who need validation from another source, maybe it’s a small publisher or an agent that says, “Yes, this book is good. I/We can work with this.” We sift through rejection after rejection waiting for just one person to utter these words, determined this is the only way our book will see the shelves.
Each journey is unique. Each goal is beautiful. Not one of them is better or worse, harder or easier. The goal can only be determined by one person: ourselves.
And the goal might change. This is what happened to me. My original goal was to find an agent. That would be the confirmation my work was good enough. But then I found a small publisher that got my work. That wanted to put their name behind it and I was beyond thrilled. I adjusted my goal, and am completely happy with the outcome.
So what is your goal? What is at the end of your journey? Where will you be when you ride off into the sunset knowing you accomplished what you set out to do?