for a rant!
Why are writers in such a rush to be published? I know, I know, it's the dream. We all want to hold our lovlies in our hands, smell the pages, sign them for all our fans, give them as presents on Christmas, and of course, high jack our friends for long car rides and tell them to READ IT! Yes, it's the dream.
It is my dream too. I want all those things sometimes so bad I think I could cry or throw up (yes, seriously). But I started walking down this road only six months ago and only wrote my first novel a year ago. My first book was horrible, terrible, but I learned a lot. My second was a middle grade book that I had a ball writing. My third was a full length YA. And now, I've begun another YA.
I can't believe how I've improved with each book I've written! The old adage is right, if you want to get better at writing, you have to write. No excuses. Just get it done. Don't stop at book one, write a second, third, fourth...
No, I'm not saying don't query the first or second because I'm sure going to, once I feel they're polished, but I'm also saying, what's the rush? You're probably not starving because you haven't sold any books. That's what other jobs are for.
The moral to my rant: don't be in a rush, just write, perfect your craft, and make connections with other writers (yes, make friends, just like in kindergarden). But the biggest thing you should focus on is to enjoy writing. Love writing. Be happy you can do this at all. Every single second of it. Fall in love with your characters. Drown in the worlds you build. Plan more ways to thwart your characters and figure out how to get them out of it.
So go! Write! And never, for a second, take for granted our ability to do what we love.