The bigger picture

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning and sit down in front of my computer, preparing for a productive day, I remind myself:

Lexi, you have lots of information here — advice from authors; instruction on how to write a query letter and find an agent; ideas for staying motivated — and you could go on forever collecting these helpful tidbits.

But the most important thing is to write an awesome book.

So do it. Write a great book.

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10 Responses

  1. You definitely have your priorities straight! With your determination, I’m quite certain you will reach your goal.

    JaneKennedySutton

  2. Actually, just write a bad book, then revise it. That would be okay, too. I like to just finish the thing first, then worry about how whether it stinks or not.

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • Good point. But as I’m learning, “shitty first drafts” (Thanks, Anne Lamott) make for intense revisions. I still think it’s the way to go!

  3. I have no doubt you will accomplish exactly what you set your mind to doing, Alexis.

  4. Alexis, you hit the nail on the head (cliche, I know ; ) I am a research hound and I LOVE gathering information. The challenge comes from when I realize I have to actually write the book if I want it done! Thanks for the simple yet profound truth: to write a book you must WRITE the book!

    Happy weekend!
    ~Jennifer

  5. Great insight, Alexis. But, you know what?? You’re well on your way to writing an awesome book. Just keep pushing. The things you’ve collected along the way, you need. It takes the time it takes…just keep pushing.

    Best regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  6. You must have known I needed to hear this right before my long weekend. I have lots of writing goals and I need to make sure I make time to get that book going!

  7. I needed this today. I’ve been going overboard collecting information for my latest project. How about I just get to the WRITING already??

  8. […] While he seemed to think my travel memoir had potential, he told me, very frankly, that I was spending too much energy figuring out the publishing industry when I should be focusing on writing a fabulous book. […]

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