Saturday, April 5, 2008

A tale of two novels

The creative process can be really confounding. I now have two novels that I want to do, but I really need to just concentrate on one. And I've been making myself crazy.

It's dangerous, I think, for any writer to start thinking things like 1. which idea will sell better? 2. which idea will my agent and editor like best? And yep, I was deep in that kind of thinking until some writer friends (this is why it's important to have friends who are in the trenches with you) set me straight. You have to write from your heart. You have to write what you want to write, what you want to read, what gets at you and if you do it truthfully and honestly, it will get to others, too. So I am hunkering down into writerland and working myself into a fever.

see you later alligators.


Clea Simon said...

GOOD for you! You know, ultimately, you're the writer, you've got to write your own book. If it's real to you and true, I believe readers (and yes, editors and agents) will find you. Otherwise, we might as well be making flavor-of-the-month lollipops, or something.

(am trying to take my own advice, too)

Jeff Lyons said...

SOOOO... which one are you writing???
J :)