When Books By Women asked me to write this blog post, I was both delighted and scared witless. I am a woman who writes and has had some success with short stories, but as yet I have to finish the book and find someone foolhardy enough to publish it. In short, I felt a bit of a fraud. So why then did I say yes and commit to taking time out of my writing schedule (ahem!) to do this?
Because it takes time out of my writing schedule, of course! When it comes to procrastination, I can spot an opportunity faster than a princess notices a legume under the mattress. In fact, such is my expertise on postponing, delaying and deferring, I am seriously considering setting up a business to advise my more industrious colleagues on how to twiddle their thumbs.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to write: I have more ideas on the go than tweets about superinjunctions; I have piles of notebooks – Moleskines, Paper Blanks and Tesco jotters – all lined up and awaiting my words of wisdom; I go to bookshops and imagine my book there on the shelf (although realising that my chosen pen name would put me next to Jeffrey Archer did put a dampener on that little outing). So why will I not just put my bottom on the chair and get on with it?
What if I finish the book and I think its rubbish? What if I think it’s great but no one else does? What if I think it’s great, an agent agrees to take me on, I get offered a two book deal and I can’t write the second book?
I could go on. But instead I will give myself a stern talking to, remind myself that if this book isn’t successful, maybe the next one will be, that the rejection of a book isn’t a rejection of me and that as well as having a good book I also have to be lucky.
But first, I’ll just make a cup of tea.
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