Sunday, December 19, 2010

Time for a Change

It's time to change projects, I guess. As I'm approaching my one year mark at this writing thingy, I finding this is my M.O. I work on a project and then at some point I need to step back and give myself a little distance. When I come back to the project I can take a fresh look at it and frequently see immediately what I want/need to do next.

I've run into a block with my MG fantasy, and since there's no way I'm going to be able to get it completed in time to take to my granddaughter (who is both main characters) next month, now is probably a good time.

So it's back to WIP #1, which is the closest to being completed. I need to do one more major read through/edit/add at least one scene, and then I'm going to print it out and do an edit on paper (since I've never met a paragraph I don't want to rewrite). I've got an editor friend, who has agreed to read it through for me.

Can I just say that submitting it to her is probably even scarier than when I actually let someone read my very early rough draft--and that was terrifying? Ugh.

Then it's time to look at the querying process ... and I'm completely lost here.

Oh. And I need a title. I guess that would help.


  1. Good luck finishing. When you're ready to query, is a great place to start.

  2. Funny you should mention it, Becky, because I just created an account yesterday! =D

  3. Donna--I followed you from Brodi's blog, where you said you didn't have a crit group. Might I humbly suggest you try David Farland's Writer's groups ( I'm the leader of group 10 (the Pied Pipers), which is the most active group in the forum. We have tons of fun, and mostly write YA/MG fantasy novels. You'd be required to submit once a month and crit three times a month, and set a monthly goal for your writing.

    If you're interested, register for the forum and then apply to be in group 10. (Or any other group you find more interesting!) :)

    Just a thought. :) I already know you have good taste in blogs! :)

  4. Don't thank me... until you're writing your acknowledgments. :)

    I didn't have a crit group before September, so I know how hard it is to motivate yourself. I've learned so much in the last few months, I can't imagine anyone surviving without a group!

  5. Okay, Robin, I signed up yesterda, but I have a question for you. What if I haven't written any YA yet? I've got a couple of projects for the future. Would I still fit in your group?


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