So it seems as if I've fallen off the face of the earth right? Nope, I'm still here. And I've been very, very busy over the last few months.
Turns out that when you sell a book off of a partial manuscript, you actually have to deliver a finished product. Who knew? So I spent three months from September to December writing. Then writing some more. Then revising. Until a finished manuscript of SPIES & PREJUDICE was born. It was a lot of fun to write, and I'm about to start the editing process.
And I've been blogging as a regular member of the YA Muses blog. I blog weekly usually on Wednesdays. You can find me over at http://www.yamuses.blogspot.com. The Muses is a blog featuring my entire critique group. We've learned so much in the last year as we've moved closer to becoming published writers, and the blog is place to share our experiences, writing processes, books we love and more. Plus, my critique partners are some of the most amazing writers I've had the privilege to read.
Finally, I've been working on a new project, a new manuscript that for now is just for me. It's fun to write without any deadlines or expectations.
Writing a book under contract was wonderful and terrifying. It's a great feeling to know your writing will be published, but it also brings a lot of pressure that you don't have when you're writing on your own. In order to keep from becoming completely paralyzed and get a draft of SPIES on paper, I had to shut all of that out and just write the book for me. It wasn't easy though, and I'm still not sure how I managed to do it. I imagine published authors experience this to an even greater degree, because they not only have a publisher, but a legion of fans who they don't want to let down. Talk about pressure.
As stress goes, this is definitely the good kind, because you know how lucky you are to have people who are looking forward to your next book. And having a deadline really motivated me to sit down and write, as opposed to meandering my way to a first draft like I did in the past. I proved something to myself.
I am really doing this.
I am a writer.