Progress Report #1

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.

~Taylor

7 thoughts on “Progress Report #1”

  1. I read with interest your rejection post. I hope you know that this and many more rejections will fill your life. Writing is serious work that most people don’t get. You sound like you are serious and I want to wish you well. I have always considered a rejection is not of my work or me personally but a lack of understanding of the benefits of accepting. So it has nothing at all to do with me and everything to do with them. One day the rejections will stop and your heart will explode like it did with your professor’s obvious respect for you. I wish you the best in your quest to be a writer.

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    1. Thank you so much, John!

      Yes, unfortunately rejections are part of life, and though part of me wishes I wouldn’t feel the sting so much, I know I can use that sting to my advantage and have it spur me forward.

      Looking at the rejection as a lack of understanding is a really great way to do it. It definitely makes it feel less personal that way and even makes me able to look at my work a little more objectively to see if there is something there that can be improved.

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  2. Also, Taylor, I would put a “follow” widget for your blog and for Twitter in the sidebar. I would like to see your posts as you publish them and a follow button would automatically give me an e-mail as it would all the hundreds of followers you will get. The WP follow button only gets you to my reader which I never read. Hope this helps.

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