Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Writing Goals and Review

The beginning of December has just flown by!  I realized I still needed to post the outcome of my November goals. Having you out there to encourage me and keep me accountable has been great!  So, here we go...

  • Start and complete PiBoIdMo 2012 - Check! I filled my notebook with 30 ideas!

  • Finish the novel writing class I'm taking with the Institute for Children's Literature by completing revisions of my middle grade novel in preparation to begin the querying process. - I'm not done with the class, but I'm making progress. More on this in a moment.
  • Complete a rough draft for November for the 12x12 in 2012 challenge. - Unfortunately, I did not complete a rough draft, but that ties into the above goal.
While I was revising my manuscript last month, I still felt like something was missing. I still needed a little something more to make my story really mine.  As I revised I continued to refer back to a critique I had received over the summer with many helpful suggestions and questions that needed plot answers. I also spoke at length with an author friend who helped me to see what I really needed to do to help make my story more personal. After really thinking it through and making some tough writing decisions, I decided to rewrite my manuscript, changing it from third person to first person. Major decision to make!!

If I was going to do this and succeed, I knew I needed to make some choices. I want to complete my story and with my writing time really crunched right now, I've decided to totally focus on my middle grade and put picture books on the back burner. I know, I know, I just came up with 30 more pb ideas, but my middle grade needs to come first. So, that's my plan.  This also means that starting in January, I won't be posting much on Perfect Picture Book Friday. Hopefully I will be back at some point, but middle grade comes first right now.

I'm happy to report that my new revision is going very well. I feel like I'm really into my character with the first person perspective. This month has been hard to find writing time, but I'm still plugging away and writing when I can. Someday I hope to report that this major revision is complete!

This isn't my last post of 2012, but I don't know how much I will be around the rest of the month. For all my blogging friends, I won't be stopping by much the rest of the month, either, but I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the new year.

I hope you are all enjoying the month with family and friends.  For as busy as December is, I just love this season!  Have a great rest of the week!