Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Momentum

I have finally chosen which book I will write. And actually, the one I finally settled on I had given up on at first. I had a headache from trying to figure out how to make this particular story come together. I had several beginnings, and it just wasn't working. So, I began to work up excitement on one or two other book ideas. Then, one day last week (while showering), an idea came to me that...just...worked. So while I was still dripping wet, I typed the first two paragraphs of my book and it was just the beginning I needed to gain momentum and not stop!

I decided that having given this project up was key. My brain was on overload and just needed to think about something else for the light to come.

Anyway, because I had other ideas and hadn't completely settled on one (before my shower epiphany), I had a lot of piddly bits and pieces of stories. Now I have hit the point of no return in my book. When I decided I wanted to write a book, I knew that I would have to write every day, even if I had to FORCE myself to write every day. Well, now I can't stop writing every day, and the frustrating thing is-I don't have much to show for it!! The writing process is slow...for me. Maybe it's faster for others. Maybe I'll get faster as I go. But the exciting thing is, now I know that my book will get finished! When it will get finished is the unknown.

I have recruited two of my sisters to be my chapter-by-chapter beta readers. (Sister #3 gets to be the finished-manuscript beta reader.) Of course, my husband will read it, but it is definitely not the type of book he would take off the shelf, being more of the political/historical persuasion. Yet, I must say he is a fan of my ideas, and he was very supportive and encouraging when I told him I wanted to start taking writing seriously. (He actually said that's great, because I spend too much time in the kitchen and that can't be healthy.)

And now I am going to stop blogging, so I can go write some more!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Official Declaration of Jessie

I want to write a book. Apparently most of the world also wants to write a book and then those that actually do are mostly unpublished. But...well, there it is.

After I'm done writing this book, I want to try to get it published. And if I enjoy the process, maybe I'll write more books and keep trying to get published...until I'm worn out with rejections. But then again, maybe I'll actually succeed. ;)

And here is my story on choosing to be a writer:

When I was a teenager, my dream future involved 1) acting, 2) writing, and following dead last was the practical future of 3) science or medicine. As I proceeded through high school I discovered that I had a really bad fake English accent, so acting was out. So, when I entered college I declared my major in Journalism, but if BYU had had a Creative Writing program I probably would have chosen that. However, after much encouragement from my family and my more pragmatic side, I chose the science avenue and eventually-Nursing. I'm glad I made this decision. I enjoy being a nurse. I enjoy saying to people, "I'm a nurse," and then maybe they are a little bit impressed. Plus, nursing put my husband through law school. While in college, I did take a class for writing fiction, and in hindsight I wish I would have taken more classes like that and gotten my degree in Nursing. Because, although I did assure myself that I could write without a degree in writing, I'm beginning to see I could have learned a lot that I'm having to learn now with a degree in writing.

After I finished school and had a job, I wanted to write again - so I spent way too much money on an iBook. Then when I got married, I think my husband must have been my muse, because I started getting ideas. However, work and marriage, then moving and law school and baby put a halt to all such creativity. Now, my husband is done with law school and I am a stay-at-home mom, giving me some extra time to pursue that old dream of writing.

I have been writing every day (and at least for 21 days which is how long it takes to make a habit:)). A couple months ago I started researching the market, learning about queries, and compiling a list of agents. I began submitting queries for a picture book manuscript I had written a few years ago. My primary interest is juvenile and young adult fiction, but it was a good way to gain experience in queries and submitting. And finally, I have been reading a lot more books in my genres of choice. So having actually taken steps to achieving this dream, here I come...