Writing After the First Book


No one tells you writing the second book is even harder than the first book. After one writes the first book the first question often asked: “So, when is the second one coming?” I have no flippity flopping idea. It will come when it comes and when I am ready and able to write it. Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo. Here’s a story for you. I can write what I want. Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo.

Almost anyone is capable of writing a book. The hard part is doing it well. That is where the real work comes in to play. The blood, sweat, and tears of perfection will never come easy. And that is part of the charm of writing. It’s all about never accepting less than perfect of yourself. Only you know what you can and cannot do. All you have to do is DO IT. Action does speak louder than words. Every book every written supports this cliché . That is why it is my favorite cliché .

I once read somewhere that the more you talk about doing something the less likely you will do it. That could not be more true then as it is now. That is why you must turn off the critical voice in your heard and not care what anyone thinks. Focus on the execution and just do it. No one will be there while you are sitting behind your laptop typing away like a mad man. No one will be there while your sweating over a description of a character or the phrasing of some dialogue. They will show up afterward. They will pretend they were there rooting for you the entire time. But the truth is, writing is a lonely endeavor. Most of the cheering is done by yourself and that little voice in your head that says over and over again, “Go.”

I starred at the finished product of first book with great pride. It was far from perfect. I am the first to admit that. But the book has gone through rigorous editing from me and from my editor friend who happens to be a professional writer himself. Mistakes are easy to find if one is looking for mistakes. That is not the point. The point is to enjoy to story. Did you like it? Yes or no? And if you didn’t, then why? What would you have changed or improved? Etc., etc., etc. …

I tried with all my might to write my second book right after the first. But I let myself become distracted by other things. I finally decided to not worry about writing a second book the same year I published my first book. It did relieve me of some pressure. Of course, now that we are well into this year of 2014, I am more than determined than ever to write, write, write, write, write, and write.

Be the best thing you see in yourself. It does not matter what other people might say or not say about you or not about you. The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself and what you see yourself accomplishing. I am living proof of that.


Originally published at www.jordanaubryrobison.com on April 14, 2014.

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