Although it might appear that my bloggy dedication is waning, I assure you there is a good reason. The best reason imaginable (especially to a bunch of writers). Yep, you guessed it, my new YA novel is about to hatch and head on out to market. My readers have been dedicated, my critique partners vigilant in helping me craft my query, and that NASA T-minus-so-many-seconds clock is ticking down. My final polishing reader is awaiting her crack at the novel. I’m squirming my way through the synopsis (my absolute least favorite part of the agent-acquisition process... and agents get extra points with me if they don’t ask for one).
And the best part, the excitement is building. The feeling that this project could get me to the next step, teach me the next lesson, and take me for a wild ride. My last project, though it didn’t get me an agent, yielded a great deal of interest, wonderful feedback, and was proof that I was on the path. It is a fun prospect to be able to query for this new project by beginning with all the people who requested partials and fulls of the last one (especially those who took the time to share their thoughts).
The truth is, only by leaning forward and in some ways beginning again with a new project can we build possibility for ourselves and our dreams. I love this new project, but I loved and will always love the last one and the one before that. Each word, page, book is our legacy of growth. I recently wandered through my first completed work from a few years ago and while I still love it, I know I’ve come a long way in my writing. Measurable proof is a satisfying thing. So, whether this book wows the world or just helps me to hone my craft, I am building possibility in the only way a writer can. And that is an empowering feeling.
Huge thanks goes to my readers and those willing to wield a hefty axe to both my books and that darn query letter. You make me a better writer and share in the possibility.
Quote for the Day from Karen Ravn
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”