This summer continues to fly by! Since it’s the last day of July, it’s a good time to check in about my goals and think about August and beyond.
One of my big goals was to keep querying. I decided to tweak my query letter and first pages before sending more queries out and this ended up taking more time than I originally thought it would. I think it was time well-spent though. I guess I’ll find out once I start getting responses (…or not getting responses), but either way I want to know that I did everything I could to be successful in querying. As long as I’m doing that, I can feel comfortable and know that the rest of it is out of my hands.
My other writing goals included writing a PB rough draft (check!) and rereading the rough draft of my latest YA that I wrote in May (check!) So, I’m doing pretty well!
I have three weeks before autumn classes start and I want to make the most of it. I really only have one goal for August and that is to begin revising my YA. But before I can do that, I’m going to summarize each chapter of the book on a notecard, type up a chronological list of edits for this first revision, and probably do some more character sketches to really dive deeper into some of the characters. All of that is time-consuming, but incredibly important.
And, you know, I might want to do a few fun things during my break too! I’m fairly obsessed with the Olympics so I see some TV time in my future and maybe a little more quilting. It’s all about balance! ;)
Here is my monthly calendar as always: