Much love to you on this Friday.
I recently caught the movie version of Robert James Waller’s best-selling novel The Bridges of Madison County on PBS and I liked it better than the book. This being a rare occurrence, I decided to reread the book to dispute this rare anomaly. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the reread, I have to admit that the movie interpretation of the novel trumps the written word.
This love story, depicted through the brief one-week affair between Robert and Francesca, is of two soul mates who meet too late in life and fulfill the love experience that each has been missing.
Although The Bridges of Madison County is a work of fiction, the story is thoroughly credible. Anyone of us could be Francesca, the lonely housewife longing to meet our Robert Kincaid to share a profound love—even for only four days.
FUN FACT: It’s claimed that Meryl Streep put on 15-20 pounds for her role in this film as a middle-aged housewife. Imagine looking that good with 20 extra pounds.
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News Flash! Most authors are embarrassed by their first book. I certainly was, and as sure as the sun rises every morning, you will be too. The positive spin of this non-ego stroking exercise is that you will learn loads from the failings of your first book, and your next book will dramatically improve.
For more years than I care to admit, I worked in sales and marketing. During that time, I developed an extensive number of products for the retail market. Many of my products found their way to store shelves, but the percentage of those that failed—miserably, I may add—exceeded my successes. That’s not to say that the unsuccessful products weren’t good, it was just missing something. It may have been competing with a similar product that was marketed better. It may not have sold because of price or, or, or…
Bottom line is that there’s always a reason why it didn’t succeed. The key is to find out why and improve the next idea. Only by putting the product on store shelves, and getting criticism from paying customers was I able to learn how to develop a better product.
So, go ahead and publish that first book. Put it out there, and accept criticism as a learning tool. Accept that not everyone is going to like it and that in the age of anonymity criticism comes easy for people to dish out.
The smart writer or marketer, which is essentially what you become when you publish your work, turns their failures into a fact-gathering mission. They don’t allow their wounded ego to deter them from becoming a better writer.
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