Sunday, April 28, 2013
I haven't felt this crappy in a while. It stated the day after tromping a couple blocks in the cold rain to watch a hockey game. It didn't help that I ran a 5k yesterday... You guessed it, in the rain. So needless to say, I have accomplished nothing writing-wise, as well as my house is a disaster. Add on top of that I had an issue of miscommunication with a friend that ended with my feelings being hurt. All good writing fodder if only I felt better to put it to use! Well, now that I've depressed you all with my la k of Cheerios I'm off to continue trying to recuperate and try for a better week!!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
All righty then...I am actively querying again...Yes the ... are fully representative of the major part of querying...WAITING. It is so hard, but what is harder is a "no," especially a form rejection "no." I despise those. So once again I fear checking my email for a dreaded rejection of any kind. But I know the only way to find an agent is to put myself out there, painful as it is. It's like dating, something I never want to do again(mostly because I'm happily married but also because it's emotionally dangerous!) But here I go! Now I can get back to my current WIP, which I have come to a major impasse with. I have been stuck, partially because I left it alone to focus on getting GoP ready to query, and partially because something was wrong. I just couldn't figure out where to go from the point I left off. Now I'm afraid that what is really wrong is not as simple as answering "What happens next?" I think I'm going to have to completely revise my m.c's love interest which will cause all of the story I've written so far to need major restructuring. I'm okay with that, as long as it is what's good for the story. I just have to figure out if it is actually the right change to make. So tomorrow, on my lunch, I will write an outline for the "new" way of things and then compare it to the old way and see if the change makes sense and will allow me to move the story forward. Whooo! I hope that makes sense to you, cause things are swirling in my head! Also, a side note, based on my search for agents to query I am considering writing a new story that will be a bit out of my comfort zone, but seems to be what agents are looking for. Is this wrong? The only defense I have is it is an idea I already had, with the exception that I had planned it to be an adult novel, and this would be a YA twist. Think thriller??!!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I have finally finished "draft 4." It wasn't too awful because there were just a few simple plot hole issues to fix...Hmmmm, that didn't sound right ;-) I was a little disappointed in how long it took me but to be frank life was happening. I don't mean anything "big", just plain old life. Right now I have a full time job and a family to take care of. I also have the disadvantage of being a squirrel, as in easily distracted, especially by shiny things. Anyway, I would love to write full time but that's not possible right now. So I have to figure out how to be dedicated to writing and keep my family first. It is certainly a struggle to do so, and not helped by mood swings ;-) The good news is, tomorrow Ill be at my in laws with access to the Internet withy laptop and will be able to begin querying again! For now, it's back to life for me, outside of my head that is.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I have slacked off in "writing" this week. My goal has been to quickly get GoP edited so I can begin querying again. I have only done 4 out of 22 chapters :( Part of why its taken me so long to query GoP was I didn't have any beta readers who enjoyed my genre and therefore book. But now I do! So after having my query shredded I was shown a couple plot holes to fix. While I could query and fix at the same time, I would like to have it ready for my first request from an agent(dreaming big!) it is possible I will get ants in my pants and start again. Luckily those issues are easy to fix, I just have to quit getting distracted at lunch and conquer these edits. Other writing news...I've already started a book which will follow GoP but feature a new main character. She's very shy and it's been slow going to finish her first draft. I stalled out at the point that I started dealing with GoP again. This is probably a combination of things topped by one main character being much bolder than the other. Well then,I'm off to get to it.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
So up until yesterday, my young one has went to a private sitter while I work. Yesterday was his first day at a daycare. He loved everything but nap time! Up until the point I saw him after his daddy picked him up(I was working my weekly 12 hour shift) I was able to survive the insanity of work only because I was worried about his first day. Today is my day off and I plan on enjoying it to the fullest! Have a good one!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
So... I had my query critiqued online. I now know what other authors mean when they say they have to wait until a few days after they receive edits to actually get to work. That was painful, but helpful too. What I'm not good at is always seeing the perspective of my book from someone who hasn't been inside of it. The critique helped... I hope! I only found two complaints which were issues that needed fixed in the book and not just in the query. I've resubmitted my new and shiny query and I am oh so anxiously waiting for results. Now back to twiddling my thumbs says no mom/wife/owned by pets person ever.