(I like this picture because it was on a billboard by my house not long ago--Vegas thing:)
I was thinking about this song the other day as I reflected on my first manuscript. When I first started writing I had all sorts of stars in my eyes. I figured I could jam out a pretty decent story, what with my education as an attorney. If I could pass the bar, then I could write a novel! Right? I wrote a paranormal romance set in France. I was way into it. It consumed me. I spent days and nights in the magical forests of Bretagne on the west coast of France. I had two betas read it and one or two critique partners. All in all, I think I spent nine months on the thing. I queried. I got requests. I got a very exciting full request from a dream agent. I thought my prayers had been answered. A few weeks later....rejection.
So I went back to the drawing board. I went to a few conferences, got some more critique partners, re-wrote. Then tackled a new idea and wrote that. I went to a few more conferences. That's when I met Sara Crowe at the Storymakers Conference last year. She sparked an idea that has pumped me up like nothing before. Which got me thinking...thank heavens I didn't succeed with that first manuscript. It might have been sort of good (according to some people at least), but it wasn't good enough. I wasn't ready.
I don't want to publish some book that is "sort of good," or allright. I want to lead with my best foot forward. So I love the idea of unanswered prayers. I love how we get better with time. Even though it is sometimes rough to be in those pleadings stages, it will make those future "aha" moments even greater.
Have you had those stars in your eyes? Have you had unanswered prayers?