Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here.
I’ve heard that writers are a terrible judge of their own work. That we lack the perspective to know what’s good and what isn’t. And I believe it!
Some of you may recall waaaaay back in July, Suze challenged us to a double dog dare – a summer NaNanoWrimo style “write-off”. I remember commenting that I wasn’t “officially” entering but I’d try and follow along.
I had a novel outlined and ready to go so I figured – what the heck – I’ll start writing it. The plot was a totally crazy idea – a vampire stripper forced to flee to Mars. Who’d want to read that?
I didn’t care. The story had been in my mind since the summer of 2010 and it was high time to get it on paper. And I did. I tracked my progress on my Casey Wyatt blog site thoughout the month of July. At one point, I even typed 5,000 words in one day (I had vacation that week!).
By month’s end – I had completed the first draft at 79,000 words. I finished the book, polished it up and then decided – no one would want to buy the book. And I couldn’t answer that all important question – What genre did it belong in?
Urban Fantasy? The story is in first person and the heroine is a vampire.
Paranormal Romance? There is a love story and hot, steamy love scenes.
Sci- Fi? The book takes place mostly on Mars.
Genre confusion aside – I sent the book to my fabulous beta readers and critique partners. The overall feedback was positive. So full steam ahead, right?
No. Not exactly. I stalled on making changes, hesitated to edit, and dragged my feet. The same thought drummed through my head – no one will buy this story. It’s too weird.
So I let it sit. Occasionally, I’d make half-hearted attempts to edit and clean the book up. Until November, when I saw a call for submissions on Twitter. I went to the publisher’s Facebook page and took the plunge.
Within an hour I had a request for a partial. Yikes! Now I had to clean up the book. After a panicked e-mail to the ever patient Suze (my wonderful critique partner), I was on my way!
Two weeks later, I had a request for the full manuscript. Two days later – an offer!
The moral to this story – write the book, no matter how weird or strange the story is!! Because, you never know who will want to read it. Just write what you love or enjoy and good things will follow.
Tell me – how do you feel about your finished works? And for the readers out there – have you ever mis-judged a story, either good or bad?