So the confession…
This November is the 1st anniversary of my current novel. It had nothing to do with Nanowrimo, but my impending 29th birthday. Now, my 30th birthday is two weeks away.
I’ve completed my first draft and it’s absolutely dreadful. I think there are 3 novels in there instead of one.
That wasn’t entirely unexpected. My first drafts are always messy. I love the editing process. It’s like chiseling the real story out of the marble block. It’s where the magic starts to happen.
In its current state, this novel needs a serious rewrite. I’ve got a plan for handling the revisions, but it will take a significant amount of time.
Why is this a problem?
The world is full of surprises…
In the last month I’ve had 2 agent requests for sample chapters of the novel. One from the conference, which I mentioned earlier, and another straight out of the blue.
I hadn’t sent out any queries. At first I thought it must be spam, but I checked out the agency, talked to some people, and verified that it was legitimate. The request was based off of writing someone had seen online.
How often does that happen? I have no idea.
And then I started to panic because I’ve got nothing to send out. I just pitched an agent a novel that doesn’t quite exist, and requested a few more weeks from the other!
Here’s a warning…
You never know who may stumble across your work online. Do with this warning what you may, but please make sure you have listed an email address on your blog, or provide an easy way to contact you.
Now for some encouragement…
To all you Serial Central friends, #FridayFlash, and #TuesdaySerial folk, it’s not for nothing.
Keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to share your writing with the world. It doesn’t have to be an entire novel, but it’s good to put something out there, and writing regularly on your blog shows that you have a professional attitude towards the craft.
And if it’s a bit quiet round here…
It’s because I’m working like mad to get this novel into shape. I’m looking forward to 30. I have a feeling it will be a good year.
Do you have any good news stories to share? What are you working on? I’d love to hear!