This post is part of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group posts. These posts are put up on the first Wednesday of the month and you can find the linky list to lots of other writerly blogs on his blog Here.
As I’m working my way through my revisions before querying agents again, I feel a slight panic every now and again. Though I’m not in any particular rush or hurry to find an agent or be published, as I know the important thing to do first, is work on my manuscript, I have wondered about the saturation levels of the market.
In any industry there is a natural wastage. Workers retire, move on to other companies/organisations or just leave, but writers, well writers, they just keep writing. And nothing stops them. Even if their fingers get old and arthritic, there are tools to overcome that, voice to text software for instance. Natural wastage just doesn’t exist in writing. You only have to look at PD James for instance. A wonderful crime writer, who, would have long ago retired should she have to go out to work in a nine to five type job, is still churning out great fiction.
With the lack of natural movement, how is there room for new writers like us? Does this make it more difficult or is there invisible movement somewhere mid-list that we don’t see? It always feels as though I have to do this quickly, as though I’m up against some invisible time barrier and if I don’t write fast enough, I’m just going to miss the publishing boat.
Does anyone else have this incessant feeling of needing to get it done, and is there always going to be room for the new guy?