- Made it to 50K of that NaNo novel! There's still more story to tell, but I'm proud that I've gotten the momentum started.
- Before fully unleashing WHAT HAPPENS IN WATER upon the world in query form, I felt like it needed another look. Enter Pitch Wars, in which writers applied to be mentored by agented writers/editors. I was lucky enough to be picked by Danielle Ellison, who was fantastic in her notes, multiple readings of the manuscript, pitch/query skills, and ability to discern precisely what could be strengthened.
- Thanks to that experience, I'm feeling confident and prepared going forward!
- Alas, it is time to plunge into new novels. I'm keeping that fantasy novel on the side for fun times while I channel my energy into a new YA contemporary story. The idea's been kicking around for some time, but thanks to an outlining/brainstorming session with the man friend, I know where it will go and how to get there.
- Except that "plunge" thing is tough, man. The abundance of writing advice on the Internet, while very useful, has also made me sit up tighter in my chair. I want the perfect words. The precise opening line, the desert unfurling beneath it. Symbolism and controlling metaphors. That big moment before page 50. And so on and so forth. Perfectionism runs rampant, you could say. But so it goes. I'll battle back.
Have you started any new projects this week? How do you keep your editorial self at bay?