I'm a busy girl.
I have a lot of stuff going on between school, work, church, family and other things I do like dancing and singing lessons. I am also working my way towards (and have been for quite some time) writing/editing/publishing a book.
When I first realized I wanted to be a writer at 13, I had NO idea how complicated the whole thing was. I had never really thought about the complex process that was involved in getting all those books I saw in stores and libraries on the shelves. One does not just sit down and write a book. And once one has written a book the revision involved is rather endless. Just when you think you are done...you're not.
Right now I am in the "final" (hahahahaha... there is almost no such thing) stages of editing. I've had a pro-editor read what I have and with her help and critique my manuscript is one step closer to being a REAL book. I am working my way through the Writer's Market, formulating a list of publications to send to and working on my query letter.
But I still feel SO far off.
Even once you get a publisher (and that is HARDDDD), it takes, on average, 18 months before you see that book in print. Then I think about all the other partially drafted things I want to write, and all the stories in my head waiting to hit paper and I just get overwhelmed. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, this faint pinprick sized hole of the sun's glow, when I strain my eyes and look towards the future. I know God had a plan for me and my writing. But it's rough. Writing, or at least good writing, is a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of work. And I'm getting there. Slowly but surely I am plugging away at this thing.
"Genious is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." said Thomas Edison
My favorite author, J.R.R Tolkien, said this;
"A job that is never started takes the longest to finish."
I am already much farther than some. I have a complete manuscript about complex fantasy realm filled with characters who I actually think of as being real. It is on paper. It has been drafted over and over and over again (I am actually almost done, I'm just adding the finishing touches). I am to the point of being ready to send out that beast of 250+ pages and share it with the world. I am even (semi-)prepared to deal with rejection letters (in this world I am about to step into they are a fact of life.).
I am scared. I am excited. This is real life.
I am a writer.
Remember my name. Someday you'll be reading my books.
I, Isabella Kiss, will not be stopped.