Growth

I attended the Chuckanut Writers Conference this weekend and pitched my book, The Parting Glass, to 3 different agents. All three expressed interest. Two requested a couple of sample chapters via email and one wanted a completed manuscript. So, now I have the challenge of actually finishing my book. I’ve been so focused on perfecting every last sentence I write, that progress has been slow (although I am about 25,000 words in). Some valuable advice I got was to set a minimum writing goal. Each day, for example, maybe I write 15 minutes at an absolute bare minimum or maybe 2 pages. I can perfect it later.

I know many hours of writing and self-promotion are in my future, but that’s okay. It will all be worth it when I seeΒ my bookΒ on the shelves of Village Books. It will be worth it when I can actually do what I love for a living. I’ve never wanted anything so badly in my entire life.Β  And to think (as my friend Sherry pointed out), I almost took a political science class last fall instead of Laura Kalpakian’s Memory into Memoir class. Sometimes one decision can change the course of your entire life.

 

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17 comments on “Growth”
  1. Holy moly! Combining this many wonderful images with a perpetually scrolling blog theme is a dangerous thing! I had to force myself to browse on a time-limit or I never would have stopped looking through your photos! Awesome work, Ms. H!
    πŸ™‚

    1. Wow, thanks! After viewing your impressive work this morning, I take that as quite the compliment!

  2. I went through your blog and notice the great photo with such awesome writing. My penmanship is horrible (I may have already written my sentences incorrectly :)) Well, good luck!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for the wonderful compliments! πŸ™‚

  3. Rick says:

    Nice, I was considering going to the conference when I first heard about it (likely from you, of course) but chose not to attend at this time. I’m glad to see that you went and had such a positive experience. Nice work. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Rick. I actually got some handouts and jotted down some notes that I’ll share with you. I went to a session on creating characters, and the writers had some really interesting suggestions that you might find useful for fiction writing.

  4. Oooh! I would love the sample chapters to be sent my way! Congrats! I know this has always been a passion of yours!

    1. Hey, Claire! Maybe I will throw a couple of sample chapters your way. πŸ™‚ It has been a dream for a long time – although through my 20’s I had forgotten all about writing. Glad I got back to it.

  5. nigel says:

    I really need to take one of these πŸ™‚

  6. Sherry says:

    Totally. Inspired.
    Looking forward to hearing about your progress!

    1. Having people interested in my work was inspiring – I even wrote 1,000 words yesterday afternoon, which I felt was huge for a Sunday. Thanks, Sherry!

      1. Sherry says:

        I can only imagine what an amazing feeling it must have been to have such interest – so validating! Do you find the more your write – the more you’re able to write?

      2. There’s certainly been an evolution to my writing. At first, I was trying to be too fancy and poetic, and it didn’t work at all. But, now I have found a rhythm and it seems to flow a lot more smoothly – and I can write more.

  7. Caryn says:

    Congratulations on this latest development, Jolene! Beautiful photo, too. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Caryn! I’m hoping I can use some of my photos from Ireland in the book too. That would be a great way to capture both of my passions. πŸ™‚

  8. parashartales says:

    You will definitly make it possible…I like your writing…its fresh n honest…

    1. I appreciate the compliment, thank you! πŸ™‚

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