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- Someone asked me why I doing the agent contests? I have a simple answer and I will share it with you all. Because I want to pay it forward. Someone gave me a break and recommended me to their agent which opened so many agent doors for me. I need to pay it forward for me. That is the only reason.
Do you ever feel like you should just give up? Put your book aside? Your goals? Your dream of being published?
Do you ever feel like putting one book down and starting to write something else?
There are days where I ask myself - why am I doing this? There are days when I look at a couple old books, wondering if I should pick them up again. Then I think, maybe I should put this book out of its misery!
Whether you have an agent or an editor, these insecurities always pop up and various points in your process. In your journey.
I was thinking about this the other day at the pool as I watched my kids play.
When do we give up? When is the right time? I think this can apply to anything we are struggling to work for? struggling to conquer. On this particular day, I wasn't feeling too great about this whole writing thing.
I was puled out of my pending pity party when I heard my daughter yell for me and saw her pointing to something in the water.
A huge yellow swallowtail butterfly.
Now due to a book that will never see the light of day, I have a special place in my heart for butterflies, especially yellow swallowtails.
The butterfly was not moving and was floating in the water, still. Peaceful.
I scooped it and up and watched its wings sag as the life left its little body.
I laid the butterfly in the pine straw and waited.
It was clearly dead. No movement.
For a while, my daughter (6) and son (3) stood by watching. Waiting. For more than 20 minutes this went on.
"It's dead you guys. It's not moving."
Daughter: "But why?"
"Maybe God needed more butterflies in heaven."
Daughter: "But i tried to save him."
"Well sometimes things can't be saved - no matter how hard we try."
Daughter: "Maybe he's just resting. Maybe he got tired swimming. I get tired when I swim."
She starts blowing on the butterfly's wings. "Maybe Ill do CPR."
"I don't think that works on a butterfly honey."
Daughter: "Well I can try?"
I pick up the butterfly and take it into the sun. I lay it on the end of my chair and we wait some more. Like another 15 minutes!
Inside, my heart sank. I don't know why. I mean, it wasn't my fault. It'd been in the water too long. The chlorine had probably been so toxic. The water too much for his lungs to overcome.
But its sad to watch the life leave something and try so hard to save it. But not knowing what to do, you feel so helpless. So incompetent.
So never give up because you think something is dead. Just think about how you can breathe life back into it. If you believe, it can happen!
Back to the WIP!
So to celebrate this little butterflies journey to the dead and back. To celebrate his fight to live, I'm giving away an ARC of Yvonne Woon's Dead Beautiful (Hyperion) !! Doesn't release until September 2010. A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny. Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.
Just answer this question for a chance to win:
Have you ever felt your book was dead? And then magically it came back to life? If so, what did you do to get it breathing again?