Ok so it's not even February yet and I'm already done with the new year's resolution tracking! It's annoying even me so I'm killing it. That said, it's been very helpful with keeping my goals in mind and I will still report my progress...just maybe on Monday instead of every day of the week. What is that? Do I sense clapping and cheering? Perhaps I kept it up too long. It really was a good idea...in theory.
Or maybe I'm killing it because I have found other motivation. While my first critique group experience may not have gone as I planned and I may not have come away with lots of cool new friends *sniff* I did manage to come away with a healthy sense of fear and motivation. Having offered up some of my own writing for the next meeting seems to have been just the thing I needed to get my rear in gear. **wait..uncontrollable laughing at that last sentence*** Okay...back to all seriousness - BECAUSE I don't have any friends in this new critique group I want my writing to impress more than ever. I have an insane need for people to like me. It's a personality quirk. So this odd need coupled with the fact that I'm sharing my writing has turned out to be just the silver lining I needed to feel the crit group experience is going to be awesome for me. My writing has already improved and I've begun thinking about my story all week..obsessively.
I'm sharing the first chapter from my new work in progress. And to think I originally thought I was done with it! HA! I keep finding new ways to give it more life and spunk. Yesterday, on the way to work, socks came to me. Yes, strange I know, yet meaningful....socks. In my opening scene I had a woman carrying books and rushing around...something about it wasn't working for me and I could see the picture in my head but couldn't quite think about what she SHOULD be carrying. Then, magically, it came to me...socks. And for some reason it fit perfectly and the mood of my entire opening paragraph was changed by that one visual. I know it's the right one. It feels good. And it's simple. But I needed to think more about the character I was writing, the mood of the scene and what would make sense in order to convey the feeling I was trying to get across.
My point in all this is that generally speaking when I first write something I'm just trying to get it down on paper...the big idea...the big thought. But after I do that I generally need to go back in and "breathe some life" into it. In joining the crit group I'm finding that I'm paying attention to the details and getting my work the way I want it from the beginning and I think this building block idea is going to help make my book stronger as I go. I'm still unbelievably nervous and I know I will be continually working on my selection all week and break into a sweat as I hit the "send" button to my crit group partners. Having to wait a few days to get their feedback will surely be maddening. Most likely I will fret and worry the entire time.
Carol over at Carol's Prints!!! If you haven't checked out this blog you really should...she never ceases to entertain me and she is just too cool. Thanks Carol!!!!
And now...time to run so I can grab some coffee! Hope everyone has a Happy Tuesday!