the hard work involved and realising that if I just kept at it something good wouldhappen just from sheer stubbornness.JP: And I guess following on from that, you also said you were slowly moving along
and you‟re talking about the hard work there and I guess I feel in this sort of
world of fast, fast Internet everyone expects to become a successful writer sort of overnight.
Can you maybe comment on the journey of being a writer andhow you see that as sort of a lifetime thing.
Oh, it‟s funny. I heard
Elizabeth Bear say this but I‟ve heard a lot of other
people say it is the, well it takes ten years to make an overnight sensation. Likesuddenly when an author bursts onto the scene everyone says,
h where did they
come from?‟ and the author is thinking, „Well I‟ve been writing books for tenyears, why haven‟t you paid attention to me?‟
But it really is a
it‟s a building
thing. I mean like in podcasting people wonder how to get successful like ScottSigler or J.C. Hutchins
or to a lesser extent me. I mean I‟ve got the audience. Idon‟t have the book deals they do but I‟ve got a larger audience.Scott always says, “Look we‟ve been doing this for years.” You have to start, youhave to build a foundation and keep going. I mean yes it doesn‟t seem like thatlong but in podcasting we‟ve been doing this a
time and again it‟sstubbornness. It‟s you come up with an idea and you say hey let‟s do it. I‟ve losta lot of my fear of failure because I know that if something fails then I‟ll justmove on to the next thing. It‟s not such a big deal.
I just keep throwing darts at the dart board and if one of them hits then yeah and if one of them
hits the wall then I say I‟m sorry and go and patch up the wall but
then keep moving. So, it is just a matter of keeping going and no matter whonotices you or not eventually stubbornness does work.JP:
No that‟s great and it‟s inte
resting. You say you lost your fear of failure because
you also do your kind of lessons learned don‟t you? On your podcast I S
hould BeWriting you talk a lot
about things you‟ve learnt which I really appreciate and
really recommend that podcast to people.
One of the things you did recently I
think was, It’s Okay To Suck, which I thought was brilliant. Maybe you
could just talk a bit about that.
ML: Well, I think a lot of people
it‟s something about writing and I believe it‟s that
ll use words every single day to communicate and that‟s make people think
that if I can tell you about the funny thing that happened to me at the grocery store
today, then I can write a novel. Because I‟m already using the words so why –
what‟s so hard ab
out writing this novel. So, everyone thinks they can write and
then they sit down to do it and it‟s –
and everybody has this great idea but they sit
down to write it and if you haven‟t been writing your
life or haven‟t been