somebody else wrote it

fishermen head out to sea in senegal

Ted Thompson writes about writing and selling his first book.

As a good rule of thumb it’s usually a full year between when you turn in your final edits and when your book comes out. I, for one, was rather vocal among friends about this glacial pace…

I know that feeling… However…

The upshot of this for the writer is you have a year to move on, start something else, and distance yourself from the material. By the time your first grade teacher and all your exes are reading it, it feels a little like somebody else wrote it. And I’ve found that to be very helpful. link

I think he might be right. Plenty more good stuff in among his piece on Salon.

Sketch of fishermen in Senegal by me.