Yes, I’m still living my “nothing but the novel” rule as far as writing goes. But I’m giddy and need to share the joy with my writing friends.
Since my hiatus began, I have made some needed edits and rewrites to the 19,000 words that were the beginning of the story of Dead Man-Whore Jay and Haunted Jill. And in the last week, 7,000 new words have made their way to the page on top of that. The story has “gelled” in my head. It knew where it was going before, but had so many what-ifs and details that had to work their way out as I got to know my characters and wrote them.
Part of the new 7,000 words is a prologue that was much-needed for me to understand how what happened to Jay came to be. I am positively bouncing off walls with inspiration and ideas.
In other words, this is working.
I also learned that there will be a writing conference here in Baltimore in late October. So my new goal is to have the book completed by then. By finished, I mean I want the story completely told and to be well on my way with any necessary edits and rewrites. I know there may be more to be done by then, but if I get this far I feel like I can go to the conference and take the opportunity to “pitch” what I’m doing. I won’t get such an opportunity for another year unless I embark on travels that are out of my budgetary scope, so I need to seize this chance. This is motivating me even more.
I’ve never been to a writer’s conference. I’d love to hear from those of you who have gone. Did you take advantage of the chance to meet with editors, writers, agents? How did it go for you?
Okay, I’m crawling back into my hole now. I just had to share how things are going, and ask for feedback on writers conferences from those of you who have “been there, done that.”
I hope your summers have been the perfect blend of fun in the sun and writing away!