Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Life List Club! My name is Jennie and I live over at a little blog called A Book, A Girl, A Journey. Today I’m going to stand in for Pam while she visits Marcia Richards’ blog — Sexy, Smart, From the Heart.
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Like most writers I have a goal, and that goal is to get published. I would say that getting published is in the top three things I want out of my life, but wanting something isn’t the same as achieving something. I have push myself everyday to write so that this goal can be reached.
No matter how much I want it, my book isn’t going to write/edit itself.
Most days, I’m good. I set aside time to write and I often achieve the word count I aim for, but other days, I feel like throwing in the towel.
When I first set out to write I had high hopes. I was writing everyday and the words came to me without interruption. When I got to 40,000 words I started my blog. I had this idea in my head that I would finish it and get published with no interruptions. I was wrong.
I wrote the story, it ended up around 70,000 words, but when I went back to edit I realized what a jumble the entire thing was in. After weeks of agonizing and trying to work my way through it I ended up scrapping most of it. I took 55,000 words cut them and pasted them in a different document.
I only set them aside because I was hoping I could still use them, but the truth is, I can’t. My story is going in a completely new direction and I will never see those words again. This has made re-writing feel completely overwhelming. I went through a period where I wasn’t writing at all because the truth was just that devastating.
There was one thing I didn’t give up on, and that was my dream. Even though no actual progress was being made, I needed to mentally prepare myself to make this book great. By the time I was over the devastation of losing all those wonderful words I was able to dig back into my book with a new fervor.
I’m being patient this time. When I hit a plot snag, I’m thinking it out. I’m picking my way through the words instead of simply charging forward. I am making sure I don’t make the same mistakes. It’s harder, but if I really want to achieve my goals I know it will be worth it.
Have you ever had a hard time reaching a goal? What have you done to overcome your obstacles?
Jennie Bennett is a stay-at-home mom of two kids and the author of the blog, A Book, A Girl, A Journey, which features posts about writing and musing on life.
Her current work in progress is a YA fantasy about a world in need of magic and a girl who can give it.
Pam’s Note: I was very psyched about hosting Jennie today. Even with the struggles she shared here, she’s moving forward in her novel journey, and I consider her an inspiration.
On an unrelated note, I hope all my East Coast visitors stay safe and well this weekend as we face Hurricane Irene. I’m in Baltimore, so although we’re not on the shoreline they’re predicting lots of rain (some say more than 6 inches) and serious winds. Lee and I are going to stay with my grandparents during the storm tomorrow, so even if we don’t suffer power outages I won’t be online. Stay safe, fellow East Coasters!