I’m all but done with the first scene of my novel (gosh, those nobel plans at the beginning of ROW 80 certainly seem… well, NOBLE now). I want to get a very short scene done between today and tomorrow, so I can submit it to my workshop. Plus I need to polish up my first page to submit to the cold reads session at the CTRWA Fiction Fest!
Things I’ve learned: This workshop has been so helpful so far. I think I have skimped a lot on the preliminary work needed to be done when writing a book or story, and that’s why I’ve had these huge messes. I’ve written 5 complete novels before this, but none of them have been publishable. I haven’t even tried to submit them, because I know that they are missing something. Maybe they can be fixed someday, but right now that’s not the point. I think the point is that I was missing the cohesive element to the novels. I had skipped that step and so there was something wrong with the continuum of the stories. This time, I am aware of this. I feel like the story is more whole. I’m getting a slower start than I thought I would, but i think it is worth it. And the important thing is that I was realistic all along about when I wanted this to be finished. I think October is still a very reasonable goal. Sure, I wanted to be done by July, and maybe I still can do that. But I’m not going to push it. Having a good story in the end is the important thing, not how fast I can write it.
On another note, Jamie Pope over at Writing Secrets of 7 Scribes has a good article on What to Wear to a Writer’s Conference. Enjoy!