Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WIP Wednesday on Tuesday: In the Mail

I'm doing a little switch-a-roo this week. Usually I post my Story A Week today and my WIP update tomorrow, BUT...

I've been busy getting my fifteen pages and synopsis in the mail. I signed up for a critique at the SCBWI conference I'm attending this summer and the deadline for submission is June 9.  

So, this morning, instead of editing my Story A Week like I usually do on Tuesdays, I was editing my fifteen pages one last time, making last minute corrections to my synopsis (thank you, Myrna!), and getting it all shipped off at the post office.

All while feeling fluishly ill, I might add, and caring for the younger two resident geniuses. It was an accomplishment.

Now it's over. Good or bad, it's in the mail.

I started reading through another section of my novel this afternoon, because I was thinking of printing off a few of the hospital sections so that Dr. Father-in-law could look them over ... And I realized they stink. I have so much work to do on this book!! I couldn't even give them to my father-in-law. I'd be too embarrassed. I think it was after polishing those first two chapters so thoroughly,  reading other parts was like reading a first draft.

But it'll get there. I don't know if it'll get there this summer, but it'll get there some day.

We unpublished writers get the luxury of taking our time.

How about you? Have you been plowing full steam ahead on any projects lately? Or are you taking a more laid back approach?


  1. Oh, Amy, I hear you. I finish one draft and want to dive into another because, as soon as I start reading, I see problems (with mine, not yours).

    I hope you feel better soon.

  2. I need to spend some time writing query letters. I so hate that part. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just send your manuscripts to editors and agents?

  3. I have to say I'm definitely rocking the laid back approach to my WIP these days! I'm editing and it feels a little overwhelming these days - so much to change!!

  4. Plowing. Definitely plowing:)

    (In fact, I should stop commenting on blogs and go get to work!)

  5. Full steam approach with the mentality of a laid back writer. At this point, no deadlines to meet but my own.
    ~ Wendy

  6. The desire to be focused and working like a mad-woman with a deadline to beat is there; but the time and energy is so lacking right now...even as I speak my youngest is begging for my attention (and it is not the most pleasant of ways to be getting it...HA!)
    Wish you well on those 15 pages, Amy!