Sunday, 8 November 2015
Trying to Fly by Annie Try
But then, I'm having trouble with quite a few decisions lately, well, those that are about my writing. I started the year with four novels to finish. As I may have mentioned before, three are ready to go now. But where are they going? My attempts to find publishers haven't come to much really, but then I am rather easily discouraged. I need to take a leaf out of my own book.
The protagonist in TtF is grappling with agoraphobia - in the course of battling her fears she gets caught up in solving a 50-year old mystery and her life takes on new meaning. But this isn't a plug about the book (no, really, it isn't!) but about the fact that I have new challenges in front of me and must be careful not to decide that I really can't fly, without even trying.
This is where my novel ceases to be of great use as an illustration - because right at the beginning a person does physically try to fly and, of course, he can't. But on the other hand, the main character moves forward precisely because she is really making the effort.
I love that verse in Proverbs 6, 'Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise.' I'm a bit of a sluggard, inclined to rather sit back and hope something will come of the few things I have done towards my goals. So I go and write a bit more rather than do the hard work of trying to convince a publisher that this will be the best book on her/his list. The latter certainly doesn't come easy for me. I have a friend who is a busy, busy bee (ant?), rushing around finding outlets for her books, self-promoting, selling, becoming a success. You may know her, or someone like her.
We can't all be the same, it's true. But a little more effort is certainly required of me - so I had better go with the motto our family embraced as its own: 'Try, try and try again.'