If this blog is going to be about my journey as a writer, then I should probably tell you about what I’m working on, right? Right.
So to give you the quick and dirty version, my middle-grade is about an orphan named Amelia who discovers that her newly adoptive parents are ghosts – GASP! In the first part of her story, a rogue ghost escapes from the Underworld and kidnaps one of her new parents. Amelia, who’s quite comfortable with the paranormal, must find her kidnapped parent and put her new family back together.
There’s more to it than that, but you get the gist.
In my final thesis course at Southern New Hampshire University, my professor suggested I make that story – which was originally going to be the whole book – part 1, and continue with the tale so it’ll be longer and more in line with the word count for middle-grades these days.
After balking at this idea and thinking of every possible reason why it’s a bad one, I realized he’s right. And so now, I must go back to the drawing board and create a whole other story when I thought I finally had a chance to rest.
But that’s the thing about writing, isn’t it? It’s full of surprises.
One minute you think you have a complete manuscript, and the next you realize you have half a manuscript and will have to reedit the entire thing to foreshadow part 2.
Or maybe you’ve just reached the climax of your story when you realize you’re missing a character. Or maybe you have too many.
That’s the beauty and frustration of being a writer. Things don’t always work out as planned, no matter how much outlining you do. And even though I love schedules and organization, I’ve learned that when it comes to writing, I have to stay loose.
If you’re a writer, you’ve probably felt this way before. This Progress Report is here to remind you that you’re not alone.
And if you’re like me and avoiding writing because you’re afraid you aren’t going to have any more words, just know that the longer you wait, the less words you will have. Don’t let the fire go out. Keep pushing forward with your story.
It needs to be written, and it needs to be read.