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Mel Skinner
Artist | Literature
United States
Current Residence: OH and WV
Favourite genre of music: I'm a variety girl.
Favourite photographer: No one I can name at the moment.
Favourite style of art: Fantasy
Operating System: Windows Vista
So, currently 'Nightmares of Nevaeh' is in the Eval/Editorial Stage(s). I am busy, and that is an understatement. All I can really say at the moment to describe the experience is to call it...interesting. I know that's vague, but it isn't like anything I have had to deal with before so I don't really know another way to explain.

You see, when I was a new writer--many years ago--I looked on the writing process and didn't really understand how complicated publication was...not really. Not that I hadn't done my research, because I had. I simply didn't know there were so many things left out of print that I had to learn along the way. Of course, I was a teenager when I began writing and I was more of an optimist--publication didn't become a priority until recent years. Now I am nearing thirty and I have surely made a leap into pessimism. Being a writer for any great length of time toughens you to the world--gives you thickening skin, as most would say. And I certainly improved my patience a great deal. Lord knows I have seen enough delays due to my health.

Having said all of that, the Eval/Editorial stage(s) is a complicated learning experience as well as my usual work and art. Though nothing gets easier in writing. The second novel you write is twenty times more challenging than the first, but you get through it. That same principle applies to just about everything in this business, for a variety of reasons. At least, that has been my experience and the experience of all the authors to whom I have asked the same question.

Here is the point and my advice to new or relatively new writers:

Writing as a career never gets easier. Be prepared for that, and aware it doesn't mean writing is without its rewards.

  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Cindy Miles' newest release
  • Drinking: Vitamin Water


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sandpiper764 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thank you :)
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Thanks so much for the favs! :)
MelSkinner Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008   Writer
You're welcome!
pestilence Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the support! :)
MelSkinner Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008   Writer
You're welcome! :)
jocarra Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :)
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