It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. It seems hard to believe that four months have passed since my last post. I have always been a supporter of the ISWG, but my life came to a point where I just needed a break from the world of writing.
As many of you know, I had completed my novel and was in the middle of the querying process. A couple of agents showed interest in the project, and so did an editor with one of the publishing houses. That sounds great right--a new author getting that kind of attention? Well, as it turned out, it wasn't quite the attention I had hoped for. One of the agents and the editor suggested I make major changes to my project--cut whole sections, etc, and then send it back to them. It would have taken months, maybe a year to complete the work. I wasn't opposed to the rewrite, but the problem was neither one made any promises of publication. Nor did they even hint at it.
After five years of working on the book, I just didn't have anything left to give. Disillusioned and disappointed, I set the project aside. A large part of me wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue the craft anymore. If felt as if I'd lost my passion.
Then, one day while cleaning my office, I came across my ideas book. As I thumbed through the pages, I suddenly realized just how much I'd missed writing. I seized the moment and began outlining my next novel. Three weeks later, I'm finally on ACT III. I haven't felt this excited about a project in months. It's a YA Fantasy set in Montana. I was a little concerned it might be derivative--share comment elements with another story--- a young girl moves to an Indian reservation. However, the plot is so different, I decided, what the hell--write the book I want to write and let the chips fall where they will. Soooo, l guess what I'm trying to say here is, I'm back and boy it feels good. Until next month. Happy writing.