Monday, January 28, 2013

My Jan Plan Update

It's been a long time since I've done a proper post around here. Well, it's because I've been working on my Jan Plan, just like I promised you I would.


If you recall, my plan for the month was to finish IN REAL LIFE and get it off to Agent Jill before the 31st. Well, I am happy to say that I did it. It's done (to the best of my ability at the moment) and in her capable inbox with time to spare. I don't think I've ever met a self-imposed deadline so early, and, not gonna lie, I'm feeling mighty proud of myself. (But if you never hear me mention this project again, let's pretend I never even told you about it, ok?)

So, this is the second ms I have ever completed, and I finished it in less than half the time of my first one. I learned SO much about my own writing from both of these, and I also learned a ton from the things I did differently this time around. It's amazing how much of a learning experience just jumping into writing a novel feet first is. You can read all of the how to books on writing you want, but you never really figure out what you're doing until you're in the thick of it.

Now my thoughts are going to turn to starting something new, and I'm going to remind myself that one of my goals for 2013 is to try something new with my writing. I don't have any solid ideas for new projects right now, and that's okay. I didn't have a solid idea before I started IN REAL LIFE, either. I had the beginnings of two different projects that weren't working before I saw something on TV that sparked the story, so I'm just going to read and relax and keep my mind open. You never know what is going to light an idea on fire!

I'm glad my 2013 is chugging right along, and that the POSITIVITY I decided to focus on is still front and center.

Anyone else Jan Plan-ing it? How are you doing?

13 comments:

  1. Go Jess! So exciting that your MS is with your agent. And ahead of your deadline? And didn't you have a really crazy January?

    I managed to revise 1/3 of an old project, which was my goal. Now I'm waiting on an edit letter and mentally preparing for revising with a deadline.

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  2. GREAT GREAT GREAT JOB! You knocked it out of the park, and with time to spare! :D

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  3. Good for you for finishing on time! That's awesome, Jess. :)

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  4. Congratulations!!!

    I'm about to start my second manuscript and I hope it will take much less time than my first, which took 3 years! I'm shooting for a first draft in a few months. :)

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  5. Jess, I'm so proud of you! What relief you must be feeling. I hope you treated yourself to something nice (ice cream? pedicure? drinks?) after sending Jill your manuscript. Now that I'm done with my revision, I've been reading like a crazy person. So many books to catch up on!

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  6. That's awesome! Congratulations :) I can't wait to hear what your new project is!

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  7. Way to go! You definitely should feel proud! (And I'm glad to hear that the second one is easier--my first is looking a little impossible but if I can hope to come out the other side stronger/better/faster...that's something, anyway!)

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  8. Go, Jessica, GO!!!! Congrats on finishing early! I cannot wait until your stories hit the shelves!

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  9. Such an inspiring story! Great job on not 1 but 2 MS novels!

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  10. I finished my Jan plan on Jan 2nd and then REALLY REALLY finished it (sending off my R&R to the agent) by Jan 23 :-) Now it's in the agent's inbox and 10 others have my query. *bites fingernails* Great job on getting your stuff in early - what a great feeling! Keep it up!!

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  11. Hi Jessica, I'd love to ask you a question about the Institute of Children's Literature. I'm thinking of doing it because I feel I need some kind of course that can organize my writing and immerse me into that world (discipline). Thoughts on whether this might be a good one to take? Thanks for any feedback!

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