I hate math.
No, hate isn’t a strong enough word. I detest anything having to do with numbers. The only thing worse than numbers is some sort of equation that uses letters too. That’s just wrong. But you know what’s great about math? There’s only one answer.
There’s no right answer with writing. I’ve been devouring books lately and I’ll be honest- there are some out there that are not so good. But some I’ve recently tried to read and have barely muddled through are amazingly popular. A few are on the New York Times Bestseller List and others have won awards- one even garnered the Pulitzer. So what if Oprah loves a book? That doesn’t mean I will.
Sometimes I wish writing a novel was more like math. Then someone smarter than me would be able to say, “Nope, you’ve so got this wrong. How many times can you drop a negative?” (I hate negatives. When will you use those in real life? NEVER!)
But it’s not.
You know the great thing about that? Writing is a numbers game. I might not have the right answer for everyone, but for someone out there (or a few someones- an agent and editor at least) I’ve got the right answer.
It’s just a matter of finding those people. And that’s what I intend to do.