Neither good nor evil, it is a place filled with the broadest assortment of information. Like anything else, you have to sift through the distractions to truly find gems in that proverbial rough.
Some food for thought that I stumbled upon through Pinterest show below:
Usually at first mention of Pinterest to my male friends, their faces scrunch upward and they give me questioning looks. The stereotype for the website is of creative projects and cute recipes sought after by quaint homemakers; and maybe a few years ago I would’ve fallen into the same line of thinking. But I decided to stop listening to others and experience it for myself.
To the uninitiated, Pinterest is technically a social media platform. It’s primary purpose is to allow people to share images and videos of content they find interesting in some capacity and allow other to see it, as well, through this system of ‘boards,’ allow you to ‘Pin’ those same videos and images to it. Think of the boards being like poster boards that you glue things onto that you want to save because you find it interesting. As such, I created a ‘Writing Inspiration’ board to collect images and articles that I feel would provide me information that I might previously have been unaware of. So far I’ve been pretty successful is gaining a wealth of knowledge on plot development tips, weird writing prompts, fun character development exercises, and much more. It’s also where I saw the above picture, posted from Floris Books.
Floris Books (where the images originally comes from), according to their site, is a book publisher out of the United Kingdom. They are a smaller more intimate group of enthusiastic publishing professionals that specialize in adult nonfiction, children’s picture books and novels, and young teen books. I suppose it would make sense having a picture break down publishing versus lengthy paragraphs; and it’s pretty fascinating.
The biggest element being time. While this isn’t necessarily the hard and fast rule for how novels are published for every publisher of course, I see a lot of overlapping that I’ve read elsewhere. Very curious to see what one of my new books will say on the matter (Write.Publish.Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. That is listed HERE). Sending out a manuscript can be a nerve-wracking period of time, hoping that an editor likes your work enough to send back positive remarks……if you get a response at all. If you’re one of the lucky few, then a process starts that could last up to a year or more easily before your book even get to a printer.
As I stare at my previously done NaNoWriMo manuscript on my table, I can already predict the negative outcome of trying to mail it out as it currently is. Even ‘I’ haven’t finished editing it, choosing to give myself time after furiously writing like a mad man during the month of November in 2013 just to make sure I got the story ‘out of me.’
But it’s been almost THREE YEARS since I touched it. The only thing holding me back is my own trepidation for reading something I know will not be really good right now in its raw form. But I need to experience that frustration……and that inner embarrassment. I’ve grown a lot since then. My tastes have changed and so has my perspective. Those two things alone can bring so much to the table regarding my own self editing. It’ll probably be like reading someone else’s work at this point, the writing seeming so foreign.
No time like the present I suppose.
* The image on how publishing works up above was found on Pinterest posted by the Floris Books website. I claim no credit for it. The original URL is the following: http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/write/