Kellan Publishing Company blog October 2015
‘And now on … Autumn 27 Raccoon: Onar strikes Bloodgrue again with his cane. “You over cooked the porridge again apprentice. DO NOT overcook the porridge, I tire of telling you. Cook it again. This time take it off the stove before it overcooks. You have fifteen minutes or you go to work with no food. Now throw that slop out and start over.”
Obviously in a foul mood, Onar beats Bloodgrue three more times with his cane as Bloodgrue clears away the porridge and starts cooking again.
Bloodgrue walks into Teptun’s Square & Market with an empty stomach but not an empty coin pouch. Walking over to the food stalls, he buys two pears and an apple, plus gets his skin filled with ale. The fruit cost him three dusters and two dusters for the ale. Bloodgrue smiles as he remembers how upset Onar got at the undercooked porridge. Bloodgrue counted five lashings for that and he was sent off to work without food.
Now with food, Bloodgrue walks over to his mentor and patron’s stall in the centre of the square & market. Stall 74, Blue Hair’s chicken stall.’ Episode 31 opening
Writing is a like a tread mill.
When you get on a tread mill for the first time you don’t put it to 5.0 miles an hour and hope to last an hour. Especially, if you’ve never ran more than a few feet to go anywhere and your longest walk was to the refrigerator or the bus stop to get to work.
No! You set it to maybe 2.0 miles an hour for ten minutes and be happy when your aching calf muscles make it to the end of the time. Over the next walking sessions, maybe three the first week and continuing with three a week, you gradually increase the time by five minutes a session. After a month you increase the pace to 2.3 miles an hour. Gradually you build up your muscles by building up your pace and time. But not only do you build up your muscles and stamina, you build your confidence and develop a habit.
Writing is the same, you don’t write a good novel in a week the first time you sit down to write. Heck, you don’t even write a good blog post the first time you sit down to write. You have to build up your skills and the ability to write something good. You have to sit down three or four times a week, for an hour or two each time, and write. At first you will ache trying to get something out that resembles good writing. You will have to rewrite it many times, and you will scrap a lot of it. But eventually your work will start to read better. It will be easier to write, it will take fewer rewrites. Your editor will be happier and your confidence will grow.
Then one day after all your hard work you will look at your finished work and hand it to an editor or a publisher and they will say, “We can publish this.” Now, don’t drop in a faint; you put in the sweat and effort, you work for this day. Now, with confidence, enjoy the reward.
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