Years ago (when I was younger and more foolish), I wrote my first book. Now I could have decided that I'd written the next bestseller. So what if I'd never even read a book on writing or had anyone critique it. But I'd written a book! What more can I say? Wasn't that enough?
And then I hosted a writer's group for over a year. "What are you writing now?" I asked.
"I wrote a book."
"A few years ago. Doesn't that count?"
If I had stopped with that first book, I'd never have seen my work improve. I'd still be sitting around thinking that publishers weren't fair. They just didn't get my plot or see my potential.
Instead I wrote articles. I worked on a second book. A third book. And now a fourth.
Am I where I think I should be now?
I don't think so, but you might be surprised how many writers think one book entitles them to publication. Sure, for some it happens. For the rest of us. The MAJORITY of us--it takes writing a whole lot more.
Are you an all-or-nothing kind of writer?