Wannabe Writers is a meme created by Sarah of Confessions of the Un-published!
One of my goals right now is to move my literary ambitions out of the box and onto the shelf, by which I mean that I no longer want to ignore how much I enjoy writing. I love the idea of this meme, and I'll quote from Sarah's post here:
I often find myself searching the web for information during my struggles as a new writer. So I wanted to start a place where us future young-adult authors can come together to ask those questions, share our stories, and get feedback.
I'm going to be offline for the day, but I will read your lovely comments and get back to y'all on your blogs ASAP next week. :-)
Where I am in the writing process: This week was pretty exciting. I was contacted by an agent who read my first 100 words in a contest I entered, and, though I didn't win, they piqued her interest. She asked me to send a query and my first 10 pages so...I did! Of course! :-D I'm pragmatic to a fault at times, and I realize that this probably isn't my break (Who gets agented on the first try???), but I'm excited to see how it turns out. Hopefully I'll get some good feedback on either my query letter or the first section.
Umm...yeah, I spent some time trimming the fat off my query letter (again!). Every time I look at it, I see something else extraneous and chop it off! Of course, after that, I sent it off! While I added a little to Novel #2, I didn't have a whole lot of time to write because I had to take my dad to get stitches after he had a bit of a construction accident...and THEN I spent a day in my very first writer's conference/workshop. It wasn't anything I hadn't already read somewhere, but the vocal presentation of the information was somehow helpful, like it enabled my brain to file away certain things that it couldn't before.
Bottom line--I didn't write as much as I wanted, but I had some other cool writer-y experiences this week.
My current problems: I'm having serious interest issues. It's not writer's block or a lack of ideas, and if I can get myself to sit down and write, my fingers fly. However, the past few weeks (excuses aside), I've been more interested in reading than reading, which is great for the review section of the blog but not so good for my more serious writing aspirations. What do you do when you're just not interested?
Question(s) this week: What do you give up in order to write?
I was just thinking about this earlier in the week! I give up my reading time, which is, I think, why my brain is rebelling right now. I can either read or write, and finding the balance between the two takes work.
I give up any hope for a normal existence, not that I was particularly normal before I started writing regularly...
I give up sleep on those nights when I'm on fire and going to bed would mean death to a dream.
I give up nice fingernails from banging the tips on the keyboard when I'm too sleepy to type with proper form.
I give up any time I might have to pursue my other hobbies, like playing the piano.
I give up my boredom when I'm waiting at the store or the doctor's office. That's prime plotting time!
I give up my worries. When I write, I'm free.