A race against what, exactly?

Everything feels so urgent sometimes, doesn’t it?

From Episode 38 of the First Draft podcast, in which Sarah Enni interviews Kristin Halbrook:

SE: “In the introduction, he [Donald Maass] says like, Most of the books that I would define as ‘breakout’ took the writers between 5 to 10 years to write. And I remember reading that and being like, Oh god.”

KH: “For every author that gets touted as this huge breakout debut, there’s a whole lot of hard work and years behind it, usually. That you never see.”

SE: “You have to get to a stage where it’s okay to take time. You can’t be an impatient author.”

KH: “Yeah, I spent the first few years of writing in a race. A race against… I don’t know what. A race against something. Just to get published. It was such a goal, and I just thought I could run toward it, run toward it, run toward it. But… you can’t run toward it.”

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  1. True in music, too. There are exceptions (Lorde, for example), but mostly that first big hit has some years leading up to it.

    No, just did a little research, and it turns out that Lorde worked for some years before “Royals” — she just started really young.

    • LOL! Yep. I’m sure there are a FEW “overnight” successes who are more or less truly overnight. But they are the exceptions to the “exceptions.”

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