Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Race to the Finish Line



I haven't officially crossed the finish line, but I'm inching my way closer. Slowly but surely, I'm making my way there. I finished my first round of revisions on Always Tell Me Goodbye today and I am so, so excited to be done. I've been working on it pretty much nonstop for the past two months and it's nearly killed me, emotionally and physically. (I've been having to limit my computer time because I've been getting these weird neck aches and eye twitches and my hands go numb.)

I know I've pushed myself a little too hard. I was so ready to get to the next point along the path that I nearly went crazy and almost burned myself out. I didn't allow myself to work on any other projects for fear of getting side-tracked by The Shiny. Literally all I've done for the past two months is work on revisions and read. I mean sure, I leave the house (sometimes), but not often.

What's the next step for me, you ask? Nothing. I'm going to take a few days to rest and spend some quality time with my husband. Next week I'll start brain storming in a major way on my historical YA I have sort of worked on for the past year, but I'm keeping ATMG where it is for now. I need a break from it something fierce. Once my break is over I'll print it out and do another round of edits on it and then maybe give it to a few people to read. Scary.

I have also been challenged by Jessica Lee Anderson to work on my query letter. This scares me more than the actual writing process. Query letters seem so cut and dry, I'm scared to death of doing something wrong. Like what if I accidentally indent a paragraph that I'm not supposed to? Or what if I send my manuscript in to an agent in a format that he/she doesn't like? What if nobody likes me at all? I know my writing isn't the best, I've come to grips with that. I just hope that somewhere out there somebody is willing to take a chance on me and see what a great writer I could be with a little help.

7 comments:

  1. Awesome Steph!! We're so proud of you!! Don't let fear hold you back, just write that letter and push send.

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  2. You rock, and like always, you will exceed the challenge! Proper paragraph indentation is way overrated. ;) You have a writing group that totally believes in you and loves you!

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  3. Congratulations Steph! What a huge accomplishment. Do not be afraid to do it!! You've got a lot of wonderful people around you supporting you. JUST DO IT (I love that Nike slogan) lol You're amazing!!

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  4. Like Jess said today, you are so ready! You deserve a big pile of chocolate for finishing your revision, and I also think you should start crafting your query. Jess and I are both available for questions and ideas, query-wise, as, I'm sure are the rest of #THEPLACE folks! <3<3<3

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  5. I'm so happy for you! Keep up the great work and soon we will be at your book release party.

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  6. You're not done till your done! KEEP GOING!

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  7. That is awesome!! It is going to be great!! I can't wait to read it : )

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