Writing is an ever-journey. There's no real place that you can sit down and say, "I have arrived." At least if you do, you won't sit there long if you intend to have a lasting career.
Write the novel>edit the novel>get some critique on it>rewrite based on responses and balancing that with staying true to your writer's voice so you don't end up with a carbon copy of someone else's story (being very similar is to be expected but if everything is the exact same as another book out there...may have to reconsider a few things)>query agents/editors OR prepare for e-publishing formatting and book cover design>get agent/publisher>build platform and market>work on next book (if you haven't already begun this during one of the previous steps)> then repeat, working hard so the next book comes out just as good as, if not better than, the last.
This doesn't mean you should despair. Instead, work on your "A" bilities.
Be an "A"mbassador - No one knows your novel better than you. Strike up a fun conversation about what you do. You never know who you may run into and how you and a new friend can help each other.
Be "A"ssertive - To do this, you must believe in your work. Just make sure you don't drop off the -ertive and bray at those most helpful to you. Donkeys tend to have prickly masters that run them into the ground. (If you own a donkey and treat that darling well, then this is not meant for you.)
"A"nchor yourself with good friends and family that believe in you and, at the same time, can and will keep you grounded. It is important to believe in yourself, yet the support of those that matter can tilt the scales in your favor of dealing well with those who can't seem to do anything but seek to destroy others. Plus, the writing world is like the vast ocean. The currents are strong and can take you through lots of lonely,empty places if you un-tether yourself from a trust worthy base.
While you work on your "A" list, I'd like to point out a few movies that made me want to get my money back or demand the gods return that time to me - which never happened, of course. There are so many other Worst Movies Ever (follow the blog hop to see what others have to say), but I wanted to go with the few that stuck out with me. Maybe some others were so bad I swept them into that round filing cabinet in my mind where all useless things eventually go to die. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for putting this together.
Here they are, in no ranking order:
1. Kazaam - Why? Really? I have no words.
2. Leprechaun - Couldn't they have just left Lucky Charms alone? Jennifer Aniston's presence is probably the only redeeming quality of this film.
3. Showgirls - The movie was the definition of trying too hard. The main character must have really wanted, BADLY, to slough off her Saved by the Bell image. This travesty is the end result.
4. Eragon - I add this one grudgingly, mainly because I thought Rachel Weisz was a great voice for Saphira but the choppy way things happened in the movie irked me. The scene where the Razac were called forth, I was like, "Uh, no, that can't be it." Because I read the book, I could tell WAAAAY too much was skipped for the sake of putting it into a two hour film. I was so heartbroken that I went home and cried for a brief moment over my book, then tossed it back on the shelf in a rather brat-like manner. Very childish for a grown woman, but man was I upset. I got over my anger and still bought the fracking DVD because I loved the book so much. Talk about a love-hate relationship :-)
5. Baby Boy - Tyrese is so dog gone sexy it's ridiculous but this movie is not his crown and glory. The attempts at 'hood abstract" were overdone like a turkey cooked 10 hours too long...and just as dry and brittle. Again, this one had the choppy feel to it as well.
6. Soul Plane - I cringed through the whole movie, not what I expected since I was hoping for something funny to happen...and it didn't happen. There were lots of comedic performers, but instead of pulling off a stereotype-filled hilarity (a good example of this that worked for me is Undercover Brother), Soul Plane was a train wreck.
***I just noticed a person both of my last two movies have in common: Snoop Dogg. Hmmm...***
7. Meet the Spartans - I LOVED 300, so I thought, "Cool, a good spoof on that would be fun." I happen to like spoofs, when they are done well. This one...NOT. Can't imagine what they were thinking.
8. Miami Vice - As a fan of the TV show "Miami Vice", perhaps my expectations were too high. When I finally got a chance to watch it, I saw them drive, then mumble, then drive some more, then mumble some more, make love with someone, then drive a speed boat and mumble some more. Perhaps if they would have chosen a different title and not passed it off as Miami Vice, I would have gone into it with a mind for something else. But it was billed as Crockett and Tubbs and that is what we got in name only.
9. Batman and Robin - As much as I love the Batman franchise, I really could have done without this one. I felt like I'd fallen into some meth head's freakish neon nightmare, restrained to my theater seat by the money I'd already paid for the ticket and popcorn and drink and my loyalty to Batman. I don't think I can do that to myself ever again. I forgave them and moved on to other Batman titles, but good grief, was someone on PCP when this was going through post-production, because, honestly, it shouldn't have made it that far.
A couple of movies I want to mention, though I haven't watched them myself, are Glitter, The Happening and Gigli. I don't think I've spoken to a person about any of these movies without their lips curling into some disgusted look like I'd cursed them. There's something about the movies, mainly the lack of acting, that everyone comments on.
So, do you have a worst movie ever that you can think of? Do you see one here that you agree or disagree with? If so, please comment. Perhaps you have an "A"bility you'd like to mention. Please feel free to comment on that as well :-)