Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just Like a New Mom

My author's contract includes a deadline for delivery. May 15th. That's the day my next book is due on my editor's desk. So the clock is ticking. It's rushing toward May 15th.

When I signed this contract, May 15th seemed a long way off, but I wasn't fooled (mainly because I'm experienced now and have already learned that lesson the hard way), so I buckled right down and got to work. I have 9 months between each of three deadlines for the Queen Bee mysteries. 9 months from conception to delivery, just like a real birthing experience.

In the first months of writing a new story,  it begins to take form. The skeletal structure (crucial) starts developing. I'm relaxed with plenty of time left, imagining what it will look like in the end.

The middle months are routine, I write every day, feeling movement, but very little outward growth. It's all happening inside.

But by the final trimester, the easy stuff is way behind. I'm heading into my final month and preparing for delivery.  I grow more uncomfortable as my due date approaches.  Is my baby developing the way it should, am I giving it what it needs, will my extended family love it as much as I do? What if in the end I don't love it?
 
But of course, just like a new mom, I end up proud of my new addition, even if everyone else thinks it's an ugly baby.

So soon I'll be in delivery. Then I'll start all over again. I'm a perpetually pregnant woman!

14 comments:

MB Dabney said...

I just stumbled across this but it was interesting and fun to read. Well said!

Dru said...

I love the analogy of the writing process and I can't wait to see your baby in it's pretty outfit (cover) for the world to see.

Deb Baker said...

Thanks for stopping MB!

Anita Clenney said...

Great analogy. The writing can be blissful and painful. For me, plotting is blissful, editing and revising sometimes reach the "give me an epidural...NOW" level, but when the finished product is out there, wow! It's quite miraculous that you've created an entire story.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Plus--you can plan and plan, but sometimes there are wonderful surprises...when things don't come out the way you planned--but even better!

And I do love your comparison--When I typed "the end" on PRIME Time, I burst into tears.

Lover of Books said...

I have heard other authors mention how the writing process can often be 9 months long. I think it's so cool.
Krista

Sheila Connolly said...

I hear you. And what's interesting is that if you think you're stalled, you have to have faith--it's all working itself out in your head. You can't panic, and sometimes you just have to wait until you see the path.

Next deadline: July 1. And October 1. And February 1... Would you believe they're all gestating at once?

Mason Canyon said...

Looking forward to your delivery.

signlady217 said...

Funny! I love babies, so many of my friends just hand them over before I even ask. Love them, spoil them, and then send them home! I love books, so I buy them, borrow them, and read them over and over!

Can't wait for your new one!

Vicki said...

What a great analogy! I love it. Congrats on the impending birth! :)

Andrea C. said...

So you have lots of "children"! I am a teacher and my students always ask me if I am ever going to have kids and I tell them I have 100 every year! LOL :)

Andrea C. said...

So you have lots of "children"! I am a teacher and my students always ask me if I am ever going to have kids and I tell them I have 100 every year! LOL :)

Heather Webber said...

Perfect! I remember being so uncomfortable during my last trimester and worried about everything... Just like those last 100 pages of my books. LOL.

misterreereeder said...

Can't say too much more than has been said already. It was interesting how you related the writing a book process with the pregnancy period. They sound sooo similar!!!