The Trouble with Having No Agent

       There’s the most obvious two troubles of not having an agent: 1) someone to offer revision suggestions to make your story stronger; and 2) someone to negotiate contracts for traditional publication, etc. But the biggest one to me (as least I think it would be, not quite knowing for sure since I don’t have an agent), is the time and focus bit.

       An agent often gives revision suggestions, then expect you to have it cleaned up and back to her in a timely fashion. The getting it back to her is the time factor. The focus part is not wandering off, thinking about or actually working on writing other stories. Once I was given a week to complete editorial revisions, this deadline was emailed to me the night before we left for a week’s vacation. And, yes, I did revised it.

       A couple days ago I spent several hours looking over some of my NaNoWriMo blabber file. I deleted many words, but got tired of the mess on my screen. I finally stopped and sat down with pen and paper to organize the plot, in three acts, with rising and falling tensions nicely placed.

       I hate this part of “writing.” I’d much rather just blabber away in raw writing on a rough draft. Blah, blah, blah. But after seeing the clutter I’ve write as rough drafts, I find myself wanting to start from the first word and rewrite the entire story. Perhaps I shall.

       But with no agent pressing me onward to complete revisions by a certain time, I’ve decided to stop, take a Christmas and family break until January, and then dive back in – with a plan! That is, as long as I don’t have the story of the next book waving flags through my brain cells demanding attention. BTW, I already have a pile of notes on that story, too.

Oh, agent! Where are you, I need someone to give me time constraints and focus.

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4 thoughts on “The Trouble with Having No Agent

  1. Here’s what helped me a LOT. Stop doing Nano because all that writing and so much junk in it. I couldn’t wade through it. The most important part–making an appt with myself every day to write, only write, no internet or phone,. Choose the time you can devote to 30-60 minutes and the time you feel your writing is the most productive time of day. I chose after lunch. I still do when I’m working on a book. Keep the appt like you would if it were a doctor’s appt or dentist appt–no wait, I cancel those…!!! It’ll take 2 weeks to get used to doing it, but after awhile you actually look forward to that time and feel cheated if you HAVE to miss it. Merry Christmas!

    • Good plan of writing action, Janet. I’ve heard similar advice. But one must be able to have a weekly routine to set up a daily time.

      The thing I really like about NaNoWriMo is the unexpected golden nuggets of creativity. Some of my most interesting scenes have come through NaNo’s wild writing.

      I do wish my lifestyle would allow me to be more daily disciplined. Thanks for your input.

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