April 20, 2011

What I'm doing to reach the impossible dream...

Two posts in two days. Go me! It's not hard to tell my life has finally quieted down a little bit. Currently, I'm waiting to begin my third year clinical on a medical/surgery floor. After that, a month of vacation followed by seven weeks in either Cornwallis, NS or Vernon, BC. No, I don't know which one. No, I have no idea when I will go, although I'm assuming it will be before July 3rd. When you're in the military you kind of come to expect last minute travel plans and changes.

Concerning writing, I'm working on a YA manuscript right now that I'm very excited about. I'm 8,000 words in and the words are flowing this week. It's been a while since I've written with so much ease. Also, I can tell my writing is improving which is very encouraging. I believe this is the result of my perseverance, constant reading, and writing support groups. I have a critique partner, whom I met through Pennwriters, and a critique group (SCBWI affiliated). Plus, I've been reading romance novels like mad lately. Not only has this helped my writing, but it has helped my love life too. My husband and I are on the upward swing of the love train right now. Toot, toot!

What else am I doing? I am taking a course through Pennwriters called Writing With Authority by a couple who are published and teach at a popular college in the U.S. Through critiquing my writing submissions they have helped me take a much closer look at the flaws in my writing. I am happy to say I am already editing the MS I'm working on and am enjoying it. Before this course, I could have screamed, "I HATE REWRITES," but now, not so much. I think that before I was just scared to take a closer, more critical look at my work because I feared I might recognize my failures or inadequacies.  Plus, it's so much more fun to let the writing flow and live the scenes in your mind rather than worry about grammar, adverb overuse, and passive voice. But writing and rewriting are equally important, and I finally get that. The satisfaction of moving from an okay paragraph or page to one I'm kind of proud of makes me feel warm and tingly.

What is next you ask? My goal before I start clinical (Apr 28th) is another 7,000 words, for a total of 15,000. Totally doable, only a mere one thousand words a day. It'll be like a mini NaNoWriMo. Care to join in the madness?

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