Remember that last post about feeling underwhelmed once you finish writing something? Well, that was my life for the last three months, which is partially why you haven’t heard from me. But now I’m back (…from outer space). So here’s the run down:
!. Finished revising book
2. Sent it to writing group and friends for feedback. In the meantime I was going to read it again, without trying to revise it, just read it through like a book.
3. Signed up for an Agent’s and Editor’s conference.
4. About 25 pages I wanted to cry. It was not the story I wanted to tell. All that work, feeling like I was maybe close to done, Oh, the humanity!
5. Got great notes and feedback from my amazing writing friend, Candace.
6. Reevaluated story. Created quick outline of how it needed to be rewritten.
7. Started rewrite, excited about the new direction.
8. Then life happened. I started doing a lot of creative writing at work and felt tired and creatively spent at home. I didn’t make time for writing.
9. Got an email with my agent assignments. Realized I had very little time before I was supposed to pitch this story.
10. Started to have a nervous breakdown, not really, but maybe a little.
11. Used the forums at She Writes to find an accountability partner. I was very productive during Nanowrimo when I emailed my accomplishments to my writing group everyday. With this insanely close deadline, I knew I needed to light the fire under my, ahem, laptop.
12. Found two amazing partners and have written everyday since then!
I’m now steadily developing the story I meant to write in the first 3 drafts. It’s an exciting time as I realize how much of a story there was, that I wasn’t telling. I’m so grateful for my writing group and my accountability partners. Knowing I needed to send the email every day has really made writing seem like less of an optional activity and more of something that’s nonnegotiable.