Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time to Confess

Are you sitting down? I have something to tell you.

I submitted a manuscript for publication in December.

It was rejected.

I thought I would crumble and never want to write again. I had worked hard (but who doesn't?) and I thought it was good. Really good. Epic.

I was wrong.

So the good news is that I can see what needs work, what is too cliché or too simplistic. And I've been reading books about how to fix, how to improve, how to create a voice of my own.

The other good news, potentially great news, is that one editor who read my manuscript was supportive and encouraging while critiquing my work. She gave suggestions and offered to look at my next project once I finished it.

So even though I was disappointed, I wasn't crushed. I did have to take time away from everything for a little while - hence my abscence here for two months. But it was time well spent as I learned more and pushed myself instead of wallowing or moping.

My desk is still clean. I'm getting up early every morning to write. And I love it. Each rejection gets me closer to being the writer I want to be, and for that I am thankful.

PS - In case you're curious, my manuscript had nothing to do with the Between Souls series and wasn't even in the Young Adult genre. I'm trying new things all the time, and I actually finished a whole novel aside from my first series. I'm not giving up on Between Souls, just keeping things fresh.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy 1/28/13!

Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? I don't think so - it's still January for a few more days.
There. Now that the formalities are out of the way, time to get back to work.

First thing - get the desk in shape. The office always becomes our dumping ground over the holidays. Where can I put those boxes that I haven't organized yet? In the office. What about the old magazines and catalogs I don't want to recycle until I review them? In the office. Kids' toys and random collectables? You guessed it. So I end up with something like this:
It's dark, I know. And I spared you the view of the boxes of random items placed everywhere. But you can see the piles on my desk, no room for my computer, knitting, etc. Without a clear space, I get nothing done. I tried writing on the couch last week, but I ended up wasting time. I need this desk with the window view to get me in gear. So....
OK - a bit of a biased pic because of the filter and soft focus, but how lovely! Now I'm ready to get back to it.

More on exactly what I plan to write this year later this week. For now, time to type.