Thursday, March 10, 2011

Owning My Insanity

They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same action expecting different results...or something along those lines.

It got me thinking. Are we, my dear writers, insane? Sending out query after query, revising over and over, plowing on despite the rejections and accidental deletions and manuscript fails and revision dead ends....

Or are we just persistent? Driven? Determined? Plain ol' stubborn? :D

I'm inclined to think it's a mixture of all of the above. I think it takes a certain amount of insanity to put yourself through the wringer that is the publishing industry. But at the same time, that wringer weeds out those who have a true passion for what they are doing from those who might have been trying out a passing fancy.

Because, let's face it, unless you absolutely love what you are doing, this game can really get to you.

The thought of revising, and editing, and rewriting, and querying both chills and excites me. It's daunting, to say the least. A seemingly never ending cycle of emails and snail mails and requests and rejections and critiques and bleeding manuscripts and hair-pulling-out sessions and late night IMs to ever-patient writer pals. Incredible highs followed by crushing lows....we seem to be our own special type of adrenaline junky.

Do I go jumping off cliffs?

Heck no!! I send a query letter, baby!!

Do I race a car around a track at 200 miles an hour?

No way! I go through my manuscript one more time and send that puppy off to the agent that I just know is impatiently waiting by their inbox.

I HIT SEND!!! WOOOOOO!!! What a rush!

Did I curl up in the fetal position and cry uncontrollably when that tree fell on my car a few years ago?

Pshaw! I save that sort of devastation for REAL when that agent who LOVED my manuscript decides they just don't love it as much as they should. Or when my perfectly polished and ready for the shelves manuscript comes back from a CP so shredded I can hardly recognize it

(just kidding....or am I?) ;-D

So, are we insane? Maybe. But you know what I love about writers? At least the ones I know, the ones who are so determined to make it they stick to their guns no matter what delightful particles of nastiness may be poised to smack them in the face -

They own their insanity.

They embrace, rejoice in it, and with a smile on their face and a song in their heart they put yet one more query letter in the mail, knowing that THIS time, the answer will be different. Despite the rejections that are literally wallpapering their office, they KNOW that eventually, someone is going to say yes. Despite the millions of times they know they are going to have to edit and re-edit their manuscripts, they keep opening those files and starting over from the beginning....just one more time.....again.

They are my heroes :D

And if that's insanity, well count me in. Sounds like a grand plan to me :)

How about you? Are you a proud, card-carrying member of the Insanity Club?


Vicki Tremper said...

Loved this! Yes, I am!

Michael Di Gesu said...

YOU BET! There is one other thing... WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE! So that means half the world is INSANE! LOL


Michelle McLean said...

LOL always good to know you're not alone ;-D

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Definitely a card-carrying member! This read like a power ballad to me this morning. Thanks for the encouragement, Michelle!

Also, I think the insanity makes us interesting. ;)

Ricki Schultz said...

This is frakking fantastic. There are far worse things we could be doing to deal with it all, right? :) Great post!

Stina said...

I'm definitely a member of that club. :D

Toni Kerr said...

Count me in!

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

So true. We're not insane. We're just determined to win. I'm in too. Great post! =)

Kell Andrews said...

I'd be a card-carrying member of the club, except that THEY can track you when you carry a card. Shh.

Samantha Sotto said...

Insanity is a job requirement for writers ;-)

Norma said...

Great post! And yes, I fully embrace my insanity! :D

Julie Hedlund said...

I carry my card with me at times!

Of course we're insane. What would we have to write about otherwise??