Writer Inspiration: Who Says The Snail’s Too Slow? by Eve Knight

Who Says The Snail’s Too Slow? He Has Nothing On Me

by Eve Knight

     I wish I had some wonderful inspirational story to share with you about my journey as a published author, but truth is, my journey has just begun. I’ve been creeping along one small step at a time down my own bumpy path. For the past several years, I’ve been learning the craft, reading, writing, networking, ending critique relationships and forging newer and stronger bonds, while striving to maintain the motivation to press forward when at times, I wanted to throw in the towel. I’ll tell you what works for me in the hope that it might help you.

     I have a core network of support, both in the writing community and out. To me, that’s crucial. I don’t know what I’d do without the encouragement of my family. If however, those closest to you aren’t very supportive, surround yourself with people who are. There are several online communities that offer support to creative people and to writers especially. Join and volunteer for writing organizations like Romance Writers of America and your local chapters. If you can’t make it to a local meeting, there are numerous online chapters where you can find the kinship of fellow writers. There are even groups for writers not linked to RWA chapters. Charlotte Dillon started a community several years ago where you can give and receive critiques and interact with other writers. There are several loops found within this community, something for every writer at every stage of their career..

www.charlettedillon.com

     Another online writing community is the Writing GIAM community. GIAM stands for goals, Inspiration, Amnity and Motivation. Founded by Amy Atwell in 2004, this community caiters to writers at all levels. I’ve been a member since 2009, and I don’t know what I’d do without the support from my fellow GIAMers.

www.writinggiam.com/about

     also apart of my support network are my critique partners. Critiquing is very subjective. It can be difficult to find the perfect partner or group. If you feel that critiquing is right for you, once you find your perfect match, hold on tight. N ideal critique relationship should be one based on complete and total trust. Your critique buddies should be there to encourage you, but to also tell you if something isn’t working and to help guide you back on the right path. I see them as a partner of sorts. They can help you become a better writer and help you spot and fix plot holes and character inconsistencies you might’ve missed on your own.

     I seriously began persuing publication in 2006, but the idea to write a novel came out of nowhere while I was attending college in 2002. I was taking a sociology course on serial killers, and naturally my story was romantic suspense. I spent the following summer pounding out a first draft. I look back now and see how horrible it was, but I remember the feeling of utter joy and elation I felt to be creating something from a simple idea. That idea set off a spark in me that at times has dimmed, but never died. Never let your passion die! Try writing something everyday for at least five minutes or until you’ve written at least one hundred words. Keep your creative spark alive!

     It used to be difficult for me to read of other writers successes because I wasn’t where I wanted to be in my career. And I’m still not, but I’m making my way there. It isn’t that I wasn’t happy for them, I was frustrated. Why wasn’t I published with publisher A? Why didn’t agent X want to represent me? We all have a process, a journey we must go through. We must always learn and grow, not just as writers, but as human beings. We don’t know of the trials and tribulations other writers go through. Never worry about what others are doing. It’ll drive you nuts. Keep your eyes on the prize. Stay focused. Celebrate when someone receives a contract or is signed with the agent of their dreams. Don’t let jealousy or fear stop you cold. You’ll only be hurting yourself in the end.

     At the same time, reward yourself when you reach a milestone. Whether you’ve just signed with the agent you’ve always wanted, gotten that contract you’ve been hoping for or completed your very first manuscript, celebrate all your successes. You’ve earned them!

     When times get really tough, and when you feel like giving up, think back to why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. Have your feelings changed? Are you more focused on writing for the market rather than for your own enjoyment? Have you lost sight of that joy you once had? Try re-creating those original feelings. When you write something you love, your true voice will shine through. Editors and agents can tell if your heart’s in a book, and so can the reader. Stay true to yourself and your voice.

     So, I’m a snail and proud of it. *g* I wouldn’t have my journey evolve any other way. I have a core network of support, fabulous critique partners, a creative spark I won’t let fade. I’m extatic when a writer has great news to share. I know that one day I’ll have much more of my own, and when that day comes, my friends will celebrate with me. I’m focused on my goals. I reward myself when I reach a milestone. When fear or jealousy rear their  ugly heads, I crush them. And when I feel like giving up, I take a good hard look at myself and my writing. Asking myself why I write puts me back on track. Even if I have to dig a little, that joy’s still there.

 

Writing as Eve Knight

www.eveknight.com

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14 Responses to Writer Inspiration: Who Says The Snail’s Too Slow? by Eve Knight

  1. Bob Mayer says:

    I’ve found the key to success in this new world of publishing is consistency. A lot of times, especially with promotion, you have no idea what will work and what’s a waste of time. At times we get discouraged and that’s when it’s hard to keep plugging away. All the best with your writing.

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  3. Eve Knight says:

    Yes, Bob, it’s true. It’s so easy to become discouraged. It can seem like there’s so much stacked against us that it’s really easy to simply quit. Promotion is one of those hit and miss instances. 🙂 It’s not something you have total control over, but you’re right in that we can control what, and how often we submit to publishers. 🙂
    Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  4. Eve, you’re absolutely right. It’s one step at a time that’s the best we can all do. And of course right the very best book we can. I wish you mega sales and may the road quickly become smooth.

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  5. Neecy says:

    Eve, thanks for all the pep talks. 🙂
    Your a doll, and I am so glad I got to know you. I wish you well on your road to success and with your sales.
    XX,
    Neecy

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  6. Eve Knight says:

    Thanks Patti. I wish you many more sales as well. 🙂
    Neecy, you’re so welcome! 🙂 You’re so sweet and very easy to like, and I wish you nothing but the best. 🙂
    I have to apologize, as I provided the wrong link for Charlotte dillon’s website in my post. Here’s the correct one. 🙂
    http://www.charlottedillon.com

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  7. Venus says:

    Great Post Eve!
    It doesn’t matter how fast you are as long as you keep working towards completing the race.

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  8. Hi Eve!
    I LOVE GIAM! It is a wonderful online community. I’ve learned so much. They are such a supportive group.

    On my journey to publication, every time I read about someone receiving ‘the call’ I thought: If they can do it, so can I! It made me work even harder.

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  9. Eve, an inspirational piece. If one is a writer at heart, you just have to keep going and overcome those road blocks…one at a time.

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  10. Jane says:

    You’re right Eve, it’s one step at a time and keep that dream alive, and take (and give) strength and support from your critique partners and writing friends.
    So you’re a snail… they always win the race, in the end!
    Happy writing,
    jane

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  11. Sometimes success is measured by what you as a writer wants. And it takes all those elements you spoke of… without the support of people along the way, giving up would have been easy. Nice blog, Eve.

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  12. jbrayweber says:

    I’m a snail, too, Eve. Sometimes it is frustrating. In the end, I know I couldn’t go any faster than I do. My responsibilities extend far more than just meeting a word count. But once I meet goals, I feel absolutely ecstatic.

    Thanks for the inspirational pep talk! And thanks for coming to MuseTracks.

    Jenn!

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  13. Eve Knight says:

    Cheers to all the snails! 🙂
    Thanks to the ladies of MuseTracks for having me! 🙂
    Venus, you’re so correct. If you come in last it doesn’t matter. You’ve at least finished the race.
    Wendy, yes go GIAM!
    R. Ann, Thank you! 🙂 I think if we follow our hearts more instead of our heads, we’d surprise ourselves. 🙂
    Jane, I love my critique partners. They aren’t just crit partners, but friends. I’m one lucky lady because they’ve helped me through the tough times and celebrate the good.
    Catherine, those who support us can also steady us when we think we’re falling short of what we think we need at that exact moment. They can pull us back, sometimes forcefully and make us stop and relax and learn to enjoy what we’ve accomplished.
    Jenn, Getting frustrated in general doesn’t help any situation. I’ve accepted my process for what it is, and I’m much better for it. And meeting goals rocks!

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  14. Marie-Claude says:

    Welcome Eve.
    Thanks for coming to Musetracks.
    We have a proverb about the Turtle and the Hare in French. Guess who wins the race 🙂 Snails works too!
    It’s very important and very difficult to remind ourselves that this is our own journey and ours alone. Every writer has their own hurdles and challenges to deal with. We have to stay focuses on doing the best that we can at our point in our journey. Comparing ourselves will just sets us back!
    Congrats in the publication! Sounds great and I love your cover

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