Alex J Cavanaugh. The purpose of IWSG is to share our fears and insecurities as writers and provide encouragement to people who need it. We post on the first Wed. of every month. To sign up, please click on the link on the side of my blog. :) And, make sure to visit his two awesome co-hosts this month, Livia from Leave it to Livia and Tasha Seegmiller.
I can't believe it's been a whole month since my last post. I was in a so-so place last month but I'm feeling much more cheerful this month (which is funny since I have a few more rejections under my belt)
Anyway, at the end of last month I ended up, by pure chance, finding a beta reader who gave me excellent feedback and told me exactly what I needed to fix to make my book work. As soon as I read her notes, I knew she was right .
I went BACK to revisions and, for the first time, I'm feeling rock solid about the book. I always liked my middle/end...I just wasn't a thousand percent sold on the beginning. I think it's way better now, so I'm currently really happy. It gave me a huge sense of accomplishment to fix what was wrong and make it so much stronger. I'm SO glad I took my reader's advice!
I entered Pitch Wars (along with the rest of the world) and am anxiously awaiting to hear if I've been chosen. I'm supposed to be entering PitchMas tonight, but it's in a half hour and I'm so tired I'm not sure I can make it. haha. I guess what will be will be.
That's been my motto of the month. To let thing fall where they will. Once I'm done something (and I feel it's good) I'm on fire to start the querying process. Having the patience to NOT do that--to, instead, sit through numerous beta-readers/critiques, a million revisions etc...etc...has been a hard lesson for me.
BUT I'm seeing the pay off in a manuscript that is much stronger than it was even a month ago. And, if I'm chosen for Pitch Wars, maybe I can make it even stronger.
Bottom line is--the lesson I learned this month was to restrain my enthusiasm for being "done." DONE has become a seriously subjective word. I'll just keep going slow. I'm making sure I do all that I can do.
Hope you guys are all doing well and that you are having an awesome holiday season!!