That is, I was reading someone else’s work. They finished a book and published it. And I thought, “If this person can be published and sell, I know I can publish and sell.”
Now, that sounds a little braggy, but it’s not. Y’all have probably thought the same thing as you’re chewing through someone’s opus. Thing is, I’m not the smartest guy in the room. That guy over there, he’s the smartest guy in the room. But sometimes, I realize I’m a better writer than the person I’m reading. Not all the time. Once in a while, though.
Now, being able to put a couple of words together, that’s not such an accomplishment. Accomplishment is putting 80 thousand words together in a cohesive whole. So these other authors have got me beat: They’ve accomplished that goal. I’m 1/3 of the way there. I can produce something good, though, and I shall.
Anyway, I pulled out the dusty 26 k manuscript and we’re off again. I also pulled out the 17 k manuscript with an eye toward fixing the conflicts and pushing out book #2 after book #1 gets all done-like.
You can subtract these 192 words from that total. Back to work!