You know how I published last week that I was taking a wee break from writing to deal with the other stresses in my life?! That declaration broke my heart cos writing is my passion and my dream is publication.
As I’ve said on the blog – a LOT is going on in my life right now. The major thing being that we’ve bought a supermarket and are thus moving to a whole new town in January. This means our house is on the market and I’m trying to pack and organise removalist quotes as well as work out what needs to be done and action it to make our new place liveable at least.
So last week, I made a BIG decision. I decided to stop writing for a while. I’ve finished my revs for Carina and am waiting for a good friend to finish reading the full before I edit and push send. I’ve subbed a partial to the editor I’m working with at M&B and are waiting for her response. I’ve stopped working on my Single Title for the time being.
I was feeling stressed when I WASN’T getting writing done and, when I realised I don’t have contracts or deadlines, I thought this was STUPID, unnecessary stress. This writing stuff is supposed to be FUN!
So I thought that while so much was going on, I’d take the pressure off.
This week… I’ve read more! I’ve watched TWO movies with my husband. I’ve been out to dinner with girlfriends. I’ve played less stressfully with the kids. I’ve kept up to date with the washing. And it feels GOOD!
But strangely, it also feels weird. I miss having a writing project. Even thought it’s only for a short time, it depresses me that I’m letting the dream slip by.
This is what happens when writer’s don’t write! They feel LOST!
Hot on the heels of the NEW VOICES excitment comes something from across the seas and the people at HArlequin (US).
From what I can see its a whole week of editor and authors posts about how to write for Harlequin Romance. There’ll also be writing challenges, which I’m guessing will have prizes (whether they’ll be books or critiques who knows)! It’s not a contest as far as I can tell but it does say there’ll be opportunities for submitting your story. Pity all my complete stories are currently already subbed 😦
But just thought I’d share the news in case you haven’t already heard it – which in the current cyber climate, is probably HIGHLY UNLIKELY!!!
That’s right, I need it BIG TIME! Have just sent off a requested partial and synopsis to the ed I’ve been working with at Mills & Boon, so I’m NTAI again! It’s the story I entered in the New Voices contest and I’m so hoping I get the chance to submit the rest of it!
Ha… that got you to come visit didn’t it!? I figured if I wrote NO NEWS, you wouldn’t bother reading… which is really the truth of this post 🙂
Sorry if you feel conned!!!
Anyway now for the NO NEWS!
I DIDN’T final in NEW VOICES (as you all know by now) but I wasn’t really surprised. Whether my chap was good enough or not, I’ll never know but I had a feeling they wouldn’t pick a past finalist from one of their contests.
I DIDN’T meet my goal of writing another 20k on my Single Title in September – I barely made 2000k!
I DIDN’T sub anything but am planning to really soon. Have been battling it out with my synopsis for One Rogue, One Damsel for almost a week now (school hols here so NOTHING is happening fast) and have almost got it to a point I’m vaguely happy with. The BM and the ending have caused me REAL issues. I’m basically a pantser – I work out conflicts and some key scenes, usually a title too, and then I just go for it. Problem is that this time, I’m subbing a partial before having a complete mss (for a number of reasons) and so I can’t write the synopsis checking back on what actually happened in the full. Thanks to fabulous CPs and writing buddies (you know who you are!), I’ve got it a lot better than I would have on my own 🙂 And I think I’ll send it off this week, unless I get chosen to be one of the NV extra 10 crits, in that case I’ll wait till that feedback.