Just broke through one of the most painful writer’s blocks I’ve experienced, this one spanning a total of eleven weeks. Eleven! Yikes.
The true meaning of 11 weeks: two and a half months kind of.
What I could have done within those 11 weeks:
- Finish a crappy draft of a full-length novel
- Write 11 short stories
- Edit another draft of an existing novel
- Come up with a million ideas
- Write a masterpiece
What I did instead:
- Wrote crappy drafts of two short stories that will probably never see the light of day
- Stared at my blinking cursor a lot
- Opened a lot of new documents and then closed them without saving
What I’m doing now:
- Working on a hopefully not-crappy first draft of my new novel, a young adulty fairy tale about a witch, a warlock, two princes, a princess, and a dragon. You’ve been warned.
A Step by Step Guide
Spend 3 years writing your novel.
Research agents you’d like to work with.
Research how to write a query letter.
Realize your book is not ready. Spend another year re-writing and revising.
Query agents for a year.
Query more agents.
Eventually get a request for a full.
Eventually get more requests for a full.
Send. Try not to go crazy. Remain Calm.
Write another novel.
Wait some more.
Receive email from an agent. Get the stress tingles. Try not to get hopes up. Much research over what the phrase “Do you have time to chat?” really means.
Discuss book. Wondering, daydreaming, over-analyzing ensues.
Receive offer of representation.
Try not to cry/scream/shout/dance/run/panic/pass out.
Talk to other agents who had the full, decide on the one who loves your characters and story the most.
Officially accept representation.