It is a woeful tale, known the world over by every budding author out there who has ever experienced the pain of rejection, yet still retains some semblance of hope. There are thousands, if not millions of us out there who have already tasted that soul-destroying sting, yet still hunt down literary agents regardless, with a rosary bead in one hand, and a crucifix in the other. Because we all know that if you’re going to have any success in this game, you’re going to need God (or an insane amount of talent) on your side.
Yep it happened! You may have seen my earlier post from when my sister’s video reached 200,000 views on Youtube. It eventually slowed down until it was only getting 200-300 views a day, but the views have been skyrocketing again since April 28th, and have just hit 500,000!!
It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it.
SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
So here are the nine stages…
My sister has a beautiful voice, but is too shy to sing in front of others. So, what did I do? I took a video of her singing ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdy and uploaded it to YouTube – without telling her! And now, if you can believe it, it’s jumped to over 200,000 views in the last week!
I’ve been collecting a list of WP bloggers with an insane amount of followers who focus primarily on writing. No doubt you’ve come across most, if not all of these writerly scholars who meander about WordPress, affecting us with their Hollywood connections, best seller success, dreamy wordiness or their delicately composed poems that touch on the otherworldly.
When most people finish their first draft they have no idea of the mind-numbing and heroic journey they are about to embark on. Finishing the first draft is only the beginning… as editing may be one of the hardest f—— things you’ll ever do.
Here are the nine stages of editing your novel (with cats of course!)
When Darkness Falls
The sliding glass doors closed behind me and I stepped out into the crisp autumn air, the warmth of the hospital foyer dissipating. I glanced up at the flashing neon sign of a red cross, shrugging my coat tighter over my shoulders in the face of the misty rain falling from the heavens. The doctor had called earlier today requesting I be accompanied to my appointment by a loved one, but he could not have known I was alone in the world. His face had registered surprise at my solitary status, his eyes squinting in concern as he explained my predicament. My lack of despair at my diagnosis had been alarming to both him and to me. Cancer. Three months. Most likely a painful death.