Writer Gives Birth to Author: News at 11

Anyone reading this ever given birth? For you guys out there, let me give you the scoop. The third trimester, that last rocky road to the delivery room is like walking through fire, jumping from a plane and having the swine flu all at the same time. What’s your biggest fear? Snakes? They’re there too. Public Speaking (in the nude)? Yup, it’s happening. Combine that with a chorus of voices inside and outside your head, all shouting instructions (often conflicting) and you pretty much have it. Giving birth sucks. Yes, at the end you have a sweet little baby to hold but hey … everything comes at a cost. 

We writers all want that beautiful end product. We’re learning everything we possibly can about the current publishing market. We’re carefully targeting our queries and meticulously editing everything from the elevator pitch to the full manuscript. We’re actively seeking critique groups and readers to give input, and lighting candles or saying novenas on a regular basis. If we’re smart, we’re looking for the right mentor and somehow, some way we know … really and truly know … that there’s just one tiny piece missing, one slipping cog in the whole machine. As soon as it all falls into place we will go from being writers to being authors and we’ll finally have that baby (in the form of our first published novel) in our arms. Hee ha! The visions are magnificent. 

But what really goes into the final trimester of that transformation? Does every person we listen to get representation in the final product? Can we possibly ever thank them all enough? And did we choose to listen to the correct voices, careful to retain our own voice in the process? Have we used everything we know to put the flame to the rocket and shoot off that amazing fireworks display in our imagination? Are we manifesting a reality or spinning our wheels in a bog? 

Being in this place is harder than being at the beginning when we were so private couldent summon the courage to show our writing to a living soul. Being in this place is more terrifying than venturing into the first critique group or posting the first short story on the internet. Being here is like that moment right before you KNOW you are in labor. Scary as hell. 

Am I close or is it yet another false alarm? Because I see this as a process very much like giving birth, I can’t just quit and decide to no longer be pregnant. See, I simply have to give life to this thing. Period. I have no choice. The only questions are … how much longer will I have to wait and what more can I do? 

Maybe if I move some furniture? Back when my son was due, they told me that a little physical strain just might bring on labor. It’s either move furniture or have sex.

Sex might distract me too much so I think I’ll move the love seats. Maybe there’s a publishing contract under one of them. Never leave a rock unturned, I always say. 

That and never, ever give up a dream.

About Deborah Riley-Magnus

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Since 2010, she had two novels released. In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author. Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations. Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years. View all posts by Deborah Riley-Magnus

2 responses to “Writer Gives Birth to Author: News at 11

  • kristenh09

    Interesting analogy of giving birth to a novel to giving birth in real life. But only you can make it worth. I hope someday my novels are born after I finish editing, like Venom for example. I’m so glad you’re a fellow blog. I like what you’ve done with it.

  • Deborah Riley-Magnus

    Thanks so much, Kristen! We sufferers have to stick together, through the tough times and when it’s time to all celebrate our success! Best of luck to you too!

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