Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Turn Off The Internet! A Universal BLOG FLOG!
Yes, you heard me right. Stop reading this blog right now and turn off the internet. You need to be writing.
Some of you are spending far too much time sitting on the computer, reading blogs, following people on Twitter and trying to "learn the craft." Darn it, the only way you are going to get better is to get writing. You have to finally get off your butt and use that knowledge that you have "been acquiring" from reading all of those blogs and get to work.
Why am I saying this? I sat down this last weekend and started surfing the net and visiting a few of my colleagues blogs in the business. I went back and tracked a few of the things they have written in the last few weeks. I hate to break it to you, but everyone has been saying the same thing. Query letter information has been the exact same thing on everyone's blogs. Information about how many submissions they requested and why has been the same thing.
Writing is just like any other sport or hobby out there. You can spend a ton of time learning the technique and working on drills, but at some point, you have to take it out for a test drive.
As you know, my kids swim for a USA Swim team. We have over 60 kids that swim on the team and yet, when competitions come around, there are really only a core of 20 that compete. Why? I don't know. These kids spend hours (and yes the parents do to) practicing weekly. Yet all of this practice is going to waste until they get into the pool. Now, please, don't get me wrong about this. I am not saying swimming is bad. But if you are on a competitive team with the mission statement being to promote competitive swimming, why aren't you competing?
Now some of you, I am sure are just scared of failure. Please don't make me recycle those other blogs that I, and other agents have written, saying that we all go through this. Please don't make me tell you how many times J.K. Rowling and the like were rejected. Yes, there will be failure, but there may also be success.
So, turn off the internet. Turn off the Twitter. Turn off the Facebook and MySpace and start writing. No more excuses.
And if you think you will miss something - don't worry. We have everything here on the archives.