Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Setting Goals

I'm behind on the times, I know. I should have announcing my goals for 2015 on January 1st like the rest of America. I guess my excuse is that 1) I didn't want to jump into any goals without being realistic, and 2) they aren't really New Year's resolutions so they don't count.  Right?

Either way, I've come up with a few. I wasn't necessarily going to post them here where, you know, everyone in the world has access to them. But then I remembered what my wise friend Jody Casella wrote in a recent blog post. If you want to keep a resolution then say it out loud to witnesses. So, here we go...

1) Go to the Vermont College Fine Arts retreat this March (which should be easy since I already signed up!)
2) Go to two regional SCBWI conferences and apply for the Rutgers One-on-One conference.
3) Actually get accepted to Rutgers and attend in November!
4) Finish my current draft by April (at the latest!) so that I can start working again in May.
5) Revise throughout the summer and fall.
6) Be ready to starting querying by the end of the year...eek!
7) Start a new WIP once querying begins.

So that's....a lot. I'm already getting sweaty just reading that list. But, now I have the goals in black and white and hopefully that will keep me on track. Here's to a productive 2015!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Beginning of Revising (and Revising the Beginning)

Now that the holidays are finally behind me, I've been focused on revising my WIP. I took about a month off so I'd have fresh eyes when I came back to it, and boy did I!  I have a printed manuscript with enough post-its notes on it to make you think my 2 year old got a hold of the pad and went crazy. 

This is a good thing though because I can see many places I can improve and I have a plan of what I want to do. Plus, I was really excited to start this revision because I didn't have to start from scratch this time. Writers always like to remind you: You can't revise a blank page. Thank goodness, I thought, that I wouldn't have to rewrite everything this time around.

Yeah, except now I'm wondering if starting with a new, crisp, white, blank page (i.e. computer screen) would be preferable to revising the beginning of this novel. 

It's hard!  (I know, cue all writers--duh!) I somehow tricked myself into thinking it would be easier this time around. Instead I find myself feeling paralyzed with indecision. Should I cut this sentence? Start with a different one? I like the idea of this paragraph but maybe it needs to move to another chapter. Do I just cut and paste or rewrite it from scratch?  Ahh!

I have finally made it past the first few chapters and I'm hoping things will move a little quicker now, but probably not. It's all part of the process I guess. 

I'm sure the next round of revisions will be easier. ;)