Monday, June 23, 2008

The goal will not be made!

As some of you may have noticed, my writing word count has taken a serious turn from bad, to worse, to disastrous. How am I ever going to get a book written with this type of word count? The answer obviously is...I'm not. But there are some good reasons why I have not gotten to where I wanted to be, and now that I have figured them out, I am hoping that I can jump back into the swing of things.
Last week was probably my busiest week I've had this summer. There was soccer camp, piano recitals, book club (at my house), the opportunity to go see Jessica Day George speak, helping throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, my turn to do Sharing Time at church, as well as teach the lesson. Now add to that taking two days off to drive up to Boise and meet with the agents who requested my partial, and all the things I was doing to prepare for that, such as packing, catching up on laundry, doing a final edit on AND THE SKY FULL OF STARS, and you can see there just was no time for writing. My meeting however went very well. The agents were super nice people. I hope they end up liking my book if for no other reason than they are the type of people I want helping me break into the publishing field.
My second excuse took some time to dawn on me. The few times I sat to write I couldn't. I thought it was because of my crazy schedule, and the fact that I was spending time on my previous novel, but it turns out there was more than that. I realized that the story I have been writing for the past month was not the story that I had originally planned on telling. I was trying to hard to write this fairy tale like Shannon Hale or Jessica Day George would and it just wasn't working for me. So I decide to back off. Of course I would love to write like those great women. If you have not read them, you really must they are amazing. I want to be amazing too, but I think my amazing will have to come in its own way. So I am stepping back and going to write the story I originally wanted to tell. Once that is done I will let people tell me what I need to change to get it published. But until then, I will write for me. I think that will help bring the word count up again. Until then, June's goal is shot, but I am not giving up completely.


kingwritergirl said...

What are you talking abotu your June goal is shot? You just did more for your writing then you have in the past few months put together. (I say your trip to Boise counts for at least 50,000 words, espically if it lands you a book getting published.) You go per-sister!

J Glazier said...

WOW I can't beleive how busy you've been. You need to take it easy :) Good luck with everything.

Jewel Allen said...

I agree! It's no fun writing material that is not truly YOU. Where you reach deep down and let your voice shine through. And yes, there are some very talented writers out there, but only you can tell your story.

Congrats on pitching your story. Take a breather and get back to work :-).

Dani said...

Busy, busy! Congrats on your meeting in Boise! I hope it turns into something for you. You deserve it!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Hey there,

You said you wanted to come play during my next writing challenge -- the time has come!