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 thoughts 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!
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  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!

  3. 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.

    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.

      1. 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.

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