Day 41- Giddy

Forget earlier when I said picture book writing wasn’t for me. That was before I fell giddy in love with my manuscript. The ending is FINALLY nailed down. I wrote it a million different ways. I thought I’d just have to accept an ending that felt kinda meh. But no. On last stab and now the ending falls nicely against the ear. I know, I know. I said it was finished and it was, but now it’s really finished. Not another word will be changed before submission. Now it’s a piece to be proud. Not only did I nail down the ending, I got a solid query letter finished and critiqued by a couple writer friends. It needs more personalization. Something an agent can latch onto. Something that’s both personal and profession. I think I’d rather write another picture book instead....

Day 40 – Weekly Progress Report

Current Project:  Picture Book Status: Incomplete/Behind Schedule Time spent: Writing: 12.75 hrs Blogging: 3.25 hrs Networking: 1. 5 hrs This week was rough. Several mental and emotional stressors blindsided me midweek, but I’m glad to have gotten as much writing done as I did, despite the abundance of valid and responsible excuses available to me. All that’s left of this project is writing and sending query letters. This should be completed by Wednesday latest. My next project, the short story, is slated to start on  Thursday. Can’t wait! Let me tell you, having one manuscript completed is a solid confidence booster. I’m not absolutely in love with the result. It isn’t absolutely perfect, but it’s done. FINISHED. I am a...

Day 39 – Query Letter Research

I don’t know how to write query letters. It feels stiff and a little bit phony like interview clothes and much like writing a cover letter for your resume where the trick is to present the best mix of confidence and pick me! pick me! without coming off as a narcissistic or desperate. Not exactly easy. As mentioned in a previous post, I will be sending query letters to 4 different literary agencies regarding my recently finished picture book. Agencies were selected using the Writer’s Marketplace online. Only 4 agencies met my criteria that they are currently accepting query letters, focus on children’s literature, and also consider simultaneous submissions. This doesn’t give me the greatest odds, but it’s somewhere to start. You might...

Day 38 – Clay Can Only Be Pushed So Far

“One of the best lessons I learned about creativity, I learned making pottery. You can only push your clay so far. You have to know when to stop or you’ll ruin it.” These words of wisdom came from my friend Erin, the poet and potter. She read and diligently commented on all three version of my picture book. Yes. There are 3 versions. Did I forget to mention that before? Sorry. I’ve been noodling on the ending for days now. Fretting. Is it the very best that it can be? Does anyone know the answer to that question? No. But I do know it’s time to stop. It’s time to send it out into the world with all it’s imperfections. It’s ready even if I’m not. So tomorrow we query. GACK. Creativity is allowing yourself to...

Day 37 – The Last Stanza

A version of the last stanza of my children’s book is down on paper. Hopefully, it will sound as good tomorrow as it does tonight. I am tentatively finished. U The last couple days have been rough in writing and life. Committing to a 365 day project doesn’t make showing up easier. The uncertainty is ever present. The words just as elusive. Life more hectic than ever.  People continue to do shitty things. You get sick. Feverish. But you’ll show up anyway and write badly most of the time. There is no certainty. The odds are against you. An infinite amount of valid excuses will tempt you like sirens. It’s a game of words against the universe. Some days you win, some days you tie, and some days you lose miserably. Prompt:  Write about what...

Day 36 – Endings

I don’t have anything profound to share today. Life since yesterday has been as distracting as ever. There’s only the ending left to write. One little stanza. It’s agony. Endings are hardest. So much harder than beginnings. Beginnings are so much easier to practice. The beginning is always today. – Mary Shelley Prompt:  Write an ending and then figure out the beginning.