Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm a Book Slut -- Reformed

I've been a book slut. Yes, I admit it. When I first began to write, it was as if I couldn't produce manuscripts fast enough. I developed the story line, rounded up the most likely suspects—er—characters, and wrote like a woman possessed. Then I pushed that manuscript through critiques and sent it off to publishers. Or, as a writer friend so eloquently phrased it, "you dated them, slept with them, and cast them aside." (I do love the metaphor.) And I always have two or three stories in progress at one time, like lovers on a string.

But I'm turning over a new leaf. I'm learning to take my time, to marry myself to the story and the characters, to make a commitment or, as my friend also put it, become "a literary monogamist." I'm seeing the results in a manuscript I've been working on for close to two years now. I've rewritten this story three times, run it through two critique partners twice, and have it with one of my beta readers. And I'm still tweaking the manuscript while I await her feedback. I've learned the difference between lust and love.

When the excitement of creating a book still puts a blush on our cheeks, I think many of us can be vulnerable to giving free rein to our slut sides. So many stories, so little time. We write, write, write, write, write. Eventually, though, we slow down. This, for me, is the shift from writer to author. We learn to write more critically. We give ourselves completely to the work in progress and vow to make it the best we've written. I'm of the belief—now—that my next book always has the potential to be my best book.



Linda Rettstatt
Champagne Author of Next Time I'm Gonna Dance and Shooting into the Sun
http://www.lindarettstatt.com/
Writing for women--stories of strength, love, humor, and hope.

4 comments:

Big Mike said...

Book sluts huh? If only you ladies could be more vixen like in real life. Yummy yummy.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

linda_rettstatt said...

Ha, ha. Made you look! Hey, we've never met. How do you know I'm not?

Linda

Anonymous said...

Spoken like a woman reformed. Good luck in finding the love of your literary life and making it the perfect book.

Big Mike said...

Well Linda, wouldn't matter to me cause I luv ya all.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)