Hi, my name’s Melissa, and I sold the first book I ever wrote.
Before you curse my name and draw a twirly moustache beneath my nose, let me tell you, it didn’t happen overnight. Or over a hundred nights. Or even six hundred. I rewrote ALIENATED five times before it sold. Notice I didn’t say ‘revised.’ No, sir. I wrote that mofo again and again and again. If we’re being honest, I was a tad obsessed. Minus the tad.
I don’t think I’m alone, either. I’ve always suspected that most writers have obsessive tendencies. Why else would we beat our heads against the keyboard every single day in pursuit of a dream that might never come to fruition? Why else would we choose to spend our free time in the company of imaginary friends instead of real-life human beings? Why else would we query agents and editors, then refresh our gmail accounts hundreds of times per day awaiting their response? (Not that I’ve ever done that. *cough, cough*)
Clearly, we’re a quirky breed.
But this can be a good thing! Let’s face it—revising and rewriting is painful stuff. A few times, I’ve gone to bed at an indecent hour feeling grey matter leaking from my ears. If it weren’t for my borderline-unhealthy attachment to my characters, what would keep me moving forward? Certainly not self-discipline, not from a gal who plows through a bag of Peppermint Patties each week. No, I NEED my obsession. It’s like a double-shot espresso for my soul, propelling me onward.
Who’s with me? How many of you are driven by something that’s not entirely healthy? Does obsession compel you to persevere through countless revisions?
Melissa Landers is the author of ALIENATED, a seriously foreign exchange, coming in 2013 from Disney Hyperion. You can learn more about Melissa on her website, and she’d love for you to add ALIENATED to your Goodreads shelf! Additionally, Melissa write contemporary romance for adults under the name Macy Beckett.