Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Lynn Raye Harris gets her Call! October 8, 2008

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 3:11 pm
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Well, I didn’t end up entering the HMB Feel the Heat competition after all. My excuse is that August and September were just too crazy with work (back to 60 hour weeks again for the first two weeks of September) for me to get any writing done, so I had nothing ready to submit by the 15th. But that is just an excuse. The truth is, my mind had turned into a mess of grey gruel like mush that was totally incapable of producing one original writing thought. It’s still like that now, but the difference is I’ve stopped caring so much about having original ideas and plan to just write the unoriginal ones anyway- at least I’ll learn my writing craft that way, even if nothing publishable comes of it.

My estimate of my writing still hasn’t changed, that I’m at least two years away from producing writing of publishable standard. The only difference is that if I’d kept writing the last few months, I’d be three months closer, but I didn’t, so I’m not. Oh well, c’est la vie. I’m going to be very very careful before taking on any new work projects in future, believe me!

The wonderful news of the week is that Lynn Raye Harris, who won the Instant Seduction competition back in February, has had her revised competition story accepted for publication! Her full call story hasn’t been put up on the site yet, but there’s a snippet about it here at I Heart Presents. She hasn’t put much about the call on her own blog yet either, but there’s a whole lot about her own journey to publication there.

When I first heard the news, the dh wondered what the hell was going on,, ‘cos I jumped up and ran around the room waving my arms! I still break out in a big grin whenever i think about it and how she must be feeling now. She has worked incredibly hard and persevered with writing. so her success could not be more well-deserved. It also gives hope to all us other unpubbed writers that it can be done. For every writer who was accepted with her first or second submission, there are two or three who took years of hard work and refusal to give up to get there. So determination and willingness to learn are just as important for success than inherent talent. Lucky for me then- two out of three isn’t bad!


8 Responses to “Lynn Raye Harris gets her Call!”

  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out! I’m still so thrilled, and it’s awesome if I can inspire other writers to keep slogging along in the trenches. It won’t always come easy, and you will have those times where you need a break, but if you work at it steadily and keep growing your work, you’ll get there. 🙂 Just keep writing!

    Thanks again. 🙂

  2. Janet Says:

    ‘My estimate of my writing still hasn’t changed, that I’m at least two years away from producing writing of publishable standard.’

    I bet it’s far less. You wouldn’t have got feedback from the Instant Seduction comp if the writing had been 2 years away from publication 🙂 I’m intrigued to know where that estimate came from.


  3. waitingforthecall Says:

    Hi Janet and Eileen.
    Just a guess, really, but I think it is going to be reasonably accurate, even a gross underestimate if I don’t get seriously writing soon!

  4. Janet Says:

    Do you belong a critique group?

  5. waitingforthecall Says:

    Yes, I’ve just joined a small online one, as my Critique Partner has her hands full at the moment with a new baby who needs a lot of her time.
    Those girls can really write, so as well as comparing my writing to published writers, I’m reading lots from very talented unpubbed!
    We’re still getting to know each other yet, so I think they are being polite about my writing- no one wants to offend me by being too critical yet. We have quite different styles, but I would say several of them at least will get their call before I do. I actually don’t think two years to acceptance is a bad thing, I know I have a lot more to learn about my craft.

  6. Sri Says:

    Hi mulberry,

    I usually lurk at the eHarl boards and came across your blog. I hope you don’t mind, but can you tell me which critique group you belong to. I’m looking to join to push myself towards the next step, submissions.


  7. waitingforthecall Says:

    Hi Sri, Thanks for visiting and congratulation on finishing that first draft!
    I’m going to make answering your question a whole post I think so stay tuned.

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