This is a post that’s been in my draft file for awhile, so I thought I’d set it free. I did do a quick rewrite–I’m not a complete sloth–but basically I’m hip-deep in Lavender right now, so I’m throwing this out to feed the blog. Feel free to disagree; I’m often wrong.
For some reason, I’ve been hearing all of these a lot in the last year, so in the interests of efficiency, I thought I’d put my refutations in one place.
1. Myth: Agents and editors are out to steal your work, so you have to be really careful.
Truth: Stealing ideas is notoriously difficult, unprofitable, and stupid, which is why nobody does it.
Writing fiction is hell even when you love the story. If you don’t love the story, if it’s something your agent or editor has suggested you write because it’s hot right now, it becomes a special kind of hell where you’re whoring yourself out for the dime and ignoring the story you need to write. Plus it makes no sense from a business point of view. This post by Moira Allen (ignore the egregious use of quotation marks; I know it’s like a fingernail down a blackboard, but she says really smart things [also thanks to Another Editor on the Cherry Forums for the link]) explains it in much more depth but essentially, nobody is going to steal your story. It’s a lot cheaper for editors to just buy it from you if you can write it well. Ideas are easy; good writing is hard. Continue reading