The Problems with Starting Young

I’ll just get right to it.

1. I don’t have much money. So this makes my search for spare coins in the couch VITAL to raising enough funds to get my copyright paperwork taken care of. It also makes it a REALLY SLOW PROCESS and makes going to the mall with friends a quite painful exercise in telling myself ‘no’.

2. I don’t have experience. Yeah, yeah, that comes with time. Boo on you, whoever you are saying that to me, because lack of experience means my first draft of my agent query letter is probably first of, like, seven million while my friends and family help me make it actually likely to get an agent to even consider my novel. I KNOW I’m going to get turned down a lot. I get that. But let me tell you, it’s not easy to know that thinking it might be because my letter sucks and they’re not going to take the time to tell me THAT.

3. I get stressed easily. Obviously, this entire post is born of stress and lack of proper sleep and the fact that I can’t finish the novel one day and get an agent a week later. Wouldn’t that be nice? That would be nice. First I need a copyright, and so I keep telling myself that the insane amount of time it’s going to take me to get enough cash for that are going to make my novel and letter SOO GOOD by the time I actually get around to sending out manuscripts and such, but it doesn’t make me feel any better right now. Maybe tomorrow.

And… and that’s really about it. There are lots of lovely pluses to starting young, like having the energy to write for about fifteen hours a day, and having the time to do that because I don’t have a nine-to-five and school’s out. Beautiful. Ignore this whiner post. I’ll be happier when I put some chocolate in my system and get some proper sleep. I hope the writing world is being good to you all! Have a beautiful day!

Cheers,

C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

2 thoughts on “The Problems with Starting Young

  1. Daniel says:

    All of us jump in when we think we are ready, and succeed when we are actually ready. I hope that the wait is short for you.

    • Thank you! I hope so too. I think the best way to become ready is to jump in as soon as possible. There’s no better way than to live and learn and gather up experiences.

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