It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
We've reached the 100th mile marker. How has your writing journey gone so far?
I touched on this a little in yesterday's post. It's been almost three years now since I first sat down to try to write a novel. It has NOT been three straight years of writing. I didn't take it very seriously at first, and it's only been in the past year and a half or so that I have been really serious about making this A Thing.
Since then I have...
Tossed this whole project out the door twice and started over again. I've also written countless drafts, and completely shelved it once, only to pull it back off the shelf less than a month later for an *urgent* finish that I am still *urgently* working on six months later
Attended two local SCBWI retreats, two national SCBWI conferences, and one Big Sur Writing Workshop. I've also taken two semesters of a novel writing workshop at my local community college
Applied to, and then been rejected from, an MFA program
Started a book review blog, helped grow that book review blog into something big and fun and awesome, and then closed down that book review blog in favor of this blog, which is slowly growing into something else big and fun and awesome
Made some amazing writing friends...the fabulous ladies of my writing group as well as all of the people I have met through SCBWI and blogging
Realized I am most definitely a plotter and an outliner, and not at all a pantser
and the most important thing...
I have done something that many people always talk about but few ever do. I started a novel and I wrote a novel and I finished a novel*. I'm really, really proud of myself. Regardless of what ever happens with it, if I get an agent or sell it or don't get an agent or don't sell it or never write another word again, I have done this really, really awesome thing.
How has your writing journey gone?
*It's in its final stages of revision right now. It's not DONE done, but it's done for the most part. It can just be done a little better.