Originally Posted by ceilydhmama
Hollycat - great posts. What week are you at - with your bedrest? I thought I would go stir crazy during my six-weeks, but mothering helped...
I don't think I have much to add other than I'm pretty sure I've made every rookie mistake and it's been ok, I may have been secretly mocked but I still have plenty of awesome work (although the story I'm currently working on is about to make my eyes cross and my brain explode...) The key, I think, is to keep learning and to communicate with your editor like you're on the same team.
Diane - I have more quesitons for you too! Now that I am in this for real, things are popping into my mind that I'm curious about. For instance, how long did it take you to feel like you weren't a rookie anymore? And, how many articles and queries do you write per month?
The second question I ask because now that I have truly started the 30 queries in 30 days, I'm finding that I can't do it. That's too much. I just finished my 4th query for the month (sort of, one is a rewrite) and I'm finding that they are way time consuming. Which, I guess is good. But, I know I can't do this all month. I've got to do my regular writing as well and writing the queries is taking as much time or more than writing my web articles. And then there's the kids to take care of - lol. So, I'm just wondering what an average writer with a child (or three) at home can really produce in a month.
I'm finding that it's not so much the writing that takes time, but the research - for both the queries and the articles. And, I'm cool with all that. I like it actually, I just don't see myself doing 30 of these a month, plus articles on top of that. Maybe when the baby is older.
But, I'm wondering is that what the really successful writers do? Or do they do more?
I want to just jump in and do this all day! But, obviously, I can't.