Tuesday, May 12, 2009

gonna do it

Yesterday I met a friend at the park. On the way, I had the Epiphany.

"If I could do anything in the world, what do you think it would be that I would want to do? What is my dream?" I asked her.

I forget what she guessed first, but her second guess was, "Write a book." BINGO!

This epiphany has been a long time coming. The night before that, and the night before that, and the night before that, people have been there in my line of view, chomping on my ideas and encouraging me.

I was in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, thinking about my dream. "Wouldn't it be amazing to write a book? To see my words on pages? To weep the words through pen when I am unable to speak them?"

Where do I even start? How do I find an agent? What is the purpose of the book? Egads, there is so much competition, so many people wanting to do the same thing. I get overwhelmed when I sit there, thinking, "What do I want an agent to know about me?" "How many times will I be rejected before there is a bite?"

And then another thought occurred to me: Each and every one of these mother-loving books in Barnes and Noble was written by someone who didn't have a clue what they were doing when they started. They just stepped out into the ocean and started swimming.

The waves roil and I think, "No one will read this damn thing." And then I think, "I have a story to tell, and gosh darn it, only I can do the telling."

I am so excited.

21 comments:

quinnley said...

Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it.
Your positive affirmation:
"I am writing a book. I will find a good and fair agent. There is an audience for my story."
If you ever need anyone to proof read it, send it my way. I LOVE doing that stuff. I know, weird.
My advice is to just start writing. Start in the middle, start at the end, the beginning, just start. Once you get the ball rolling, once you get that first word down on paper, the rest of the stuff will fall into place and the momentum will build. I'm so excited for you! Congratulations!!!

Rachel D. said...

I am excited for you. And I want a signed copy when you get it published. : )

Jessie said...

I only e-know you and I'm just so proud of you! Go for it. It'll be great, you'll be great.

deannaburasco said...

I'd love to read your stuff anytime Rachel! Go for it!

Kevin & Lauren said...

Wow! You do have a lot to say - and people WANT to hear. I wish I blogged more, but I don't have nearly as much running through my head as you do. Get it down on paper!!! I'd love to read your book. =)
I'll be in line for the book-signing too!!!

laura0222 said...

that is awesome, go for it girl!!!!

Joy said...

I'd read it!

You have a gift of writing, Rachel.

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

Yes DO IT! Awesome! I have always loved your writing and thought you should publish your work. You definitely have a story to tell :0)

Blessings on the writing journey!

Julie said...

I believe in you! You are a passionate, authentic and humorous writer and I'd love to read your book.

Jess said...

I think you need to just sit down and write what you love and is natural and worry about being published and finding an agent after you've completed a book.

I've thought about writing a book too, I'm just lazy and not talented enough. :-)

I know you can do it, you write so beautifully!

Thirsty Girl said...

I agree with Jess. Just write. The rest will develop. Yay you!

Renee said...

Yeah!!! Do it! I can't wait to read it! Will you autograph it for me?

Beth said...

Go for it!! I'll buy a copy for sure! You have a gift for writing that many would envy.

Anonymous said...

You can do it. You SHOULD do it. You are an AMAZZZINNNNNGGG writer!! Love Tam

Alisa said...

Waaaa hooooo!!! I'm so excited for you, Rachel! This has been long coming, my friend.

Jennifer said...

You are amazing. . .

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

This is a topic near and dear to my heart. You're right, there are definitely tons of people out there also saying that they want to write books, so it seems like you have TONS of competition. But if you narrow it down to:

- People who are actually going to put together a coherent idea of what they want to write.
- People who are going to take the time and effort to craft well-written proposals for agents.
- People who are actually decent writers.
- People who actually have an interesting story.
- People who are writing in your same genre.

...The competition gets narrowed down pretty quickly.

Also, you should definitely start reading literary agent Rachelle Gardner's blog if you don't already.

I'm excited for you!

Holly said...

How exciting, I'll buy your book! Definitely do some research before you start though. I can't claim to know much about book publishing, but from what I have heard in many cases you do not want to write the entire book before finding a publisher. Write a detailed narrative outline of the book, a few complete chapters, and a narrative about yourself and why you're best to write this book and then send that to agents/publishers. Publishers just need to like your idea and then generally want to be involved in shaping the direction of a book. If you're writing a novel though, then the process may be different. I don't know anything about getting a novel published!

Pensive Girl said...

what holly said isn't exactly true. for memoir and some creative non-fiction, agents want to see the entire manuscript BEFORE they agree to represent you...

Melanie said...

I want the first copy!!!!!

Your stories are funny, tear-jerking, inspirational, real, and honest.

I'm calling best seller!

Claire said...

Rachel, my husband Drew just signed with an agent this past month for his first book. I'd be happy to talk with you any time about the process (which we are still in... his agent is now starting the process of approaching publishers). As others have said-- I think you write beautifully and have a very relevant voice that people connect with. Message me on FB if you want to talk any more about this.

Claire