A Writing Mental Breakdown

Okay. So I know I haven’t been on here in a couple of days, and I really hate to miss a day blogging. I started this journey, and I am committed.

There is just one thing…I’m losing my mind a bit! As a fellow writer I know you can relate. You are on to something, and you think this is it. Then you get feedback from your critique partners, and doubt sets in, and you think that maybe this is not it.

Well, that is where I find myself now. I am STILL writing my first adult fiction novel. It’s leaning towards mainstream/women’s fiction which thrills me (mainstream fiction seems to be “the thing” right now). I’m nowhere near finished, yet, but I have written the first 12,000ish words…that’s the most words I’ve ever written (not related to work or school)!Yay!  I’m very excited to be on this new adventure, but it is a bit nerve-wracking!

I started writing in 3rd person, past tense, with no dialogue. A story with no dialogue can seem strange, but it can be done (usually more literary in genre). Well, apparently it’s too big of a challenge for me to take on for my first novel. There has been a consensus among my critique partners that dialogue is a must. So, I’ve added dialogue!

My goal now is to finish rewriting in first person. That’s the only way I’ll be able to mentally move on and finish the story. Please say a prayer or send well wishes to this writer if you get a chance. I need it!

Please know that my absence, if any, is for a good cause…my writing or my family. I’ll try to keep updating as I go. If this doesn’t help anyone that is okay. It will be therapy for me as I work to maintain my sanity!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day of writing. May your word count grow and bring you less stress than mine has brought me!

CARPE DIEM

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Goodreads?

Today I discovered goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/)…(I am going to digress now, but I will get back to this point.) I have written the first 10,000+ words of my adult fiction WIP (OMG!!! YAY!), and I’ve been outlining where I want the remainder of the story to go.

I am really getting into the meat of the story, and I am thrilled beyond belief. It is my goal to complete this manuscript by June, and it’s looking like this could be a real possibility.

I’ve only queried my picture book manuscripts, and I’m still revising and receiving critiques on them. I am a girl on a mission with my writing…I guess you can say I’m in the hot seat!

I cannot wait to finish my WIP and begin querying it. I know that is hard to believe, because querying is not always rainbows and sunshine. It is a stressful process. However, the chance to put my completed, revised, critiqued, revised, critiqued, and revised manuscript out there for the taking excites me!

Okay…back to goodreads…I have joined a couple of groups on this website today, and I’m going to explore gaining more critique partners and future beta readers through this route. I have found the critique partner experience to be crucial for development, and I hope this helps me to branch out and find even more critics for my work. I always critique back, because that is only fair, and it helps me to learn more about the craft of writing well.

I’m interested to know, how do you find your critique partners and beta readers? Have you ever explored goodreads? Thanks for your feedback, and I hope your writing takes you to beautiful places today.

CARPE DIEM