One Step Forward…

Coming SoonI was really holding out hope that the final, approved copy of my new cover would come out in time that I could use it as something to talk about this month. But seeing how it’s the afternoon before my blog is supposed to go live and I still don’t have it in my hot little hands, I guess I’ll have to talk about something else. (I can tell you that I’ve seen it and it’s gorgeous, though!)

Which left me grasping for a blog topic this month.

I know, shocking right? Apparently it’s going around.

Lately my writing has been kinda like that—one step forward, two steps back. Last year only one of the stories out of the three I submitted got picked up by my publisher. On the bright side the R-ed stories caught the attention of someone I’d really love to impress. But on the other hand, she sent me two rejections last year too. 

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This month has also been a lot like that—one step forward, two steps back. I might’ve deleted an entire chapter last week in my first draft. On the bright side I have a better idea of where that story is going now. I spent so much time trying to figure out a plot hole, when the answer was in front of me the entire time. Still it hurt like a mother to delete over three thousand words that I’d sweated onto the page.

I just thought that by this point in my career I’d have more of a clue now. That I would’ve figured out what the heck I’m doing.

Now I feel like a negative Nancy. It’s not all bad I know. I’ve learned so much since I had the crazy idea to write down all these weird stories in my head. I’ve learned and grown and yada yada yada. Still I wanna know when does it get easier?

I really wish I’d’ve gotten that cover—my other idea for a post would’ve been so much happier. I blame the winter blues Jodie was talking about a few days ago. Would it be a bad idea to hide my head under a pillow until spring? Because if you need me, that might be where you could find me…


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One Step Forward… — 9 Comments

  1. You mean my hopes of going into 2014 not feeling clueless about this whole business of writing was a pipe dream to begin with? Well, that makes me feel much better. 😉

    Don’t hide your head under the pillow, Gillian. The world needs your brilliant stories. Onward ho!

  2. Ditto, ditto, and ditto. Yep, I’m pretty much clueless most of the time about a lot of things when it comes to this business. I had a rejection just before Christmas that threw me for a loop. It took me a while to pick up the pen and start writing again. But on the upside, I did have time to bake a lot of Christmas cookies!

  3. LOL about your despair over deleting three thousand words. Sorry it’s probably mean, but I write about twice as much as what the final word count is on any of my books. I think nothing of slashing fourteen (or forty) thousand in one fell swoop. It’s all just part of my process. Besides, I’ve never regretted those cuts because I know they’ve only strengthened my story. But if that means I get cookies, I’m all for it!

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