This is how I’m feeling right now. A manuscript has moved to territory I’ve never experienced before and I’m excited. But it’s more than that…
My critique group? I love it already! I’ve gotten some great feedback and I cannot wait to delve into that manuscript some more. I went through the checklist for critiquing I set up for myself and it seemed to work. It takes a bit longer than I hoped, but I felt like I was able to offer a deeper critique than I may have in the past. I did get them their feedbacks within our ten day timeline :)
What else…Oh! I FINALLY typed up a handwritten manuscript for a fantasy novel I started in the 1990’s! It’s pretty bad as it’s one of the first things I’d ever written/ started that was not a poem. I have quite the detailed notes for the main character and other characters as well. There’s also a character list with brief description and a map. It was 30+ pages handwritten on a yellow tablet (the old fashioned kind). I think it ended up being about 6,000 words or so. The main reason I did it was to hopefully find some things I could use in other stories, or maybe, someday, turn it into something. But, either way, step one is done!
And then there’s the poetry. I’ve been editing several poems I’ve written for adults. I’ve got around eighty or so of them in various states of disrepair. Poetry was my first writing love, and I still enter the occasional contest. Having a chapbook one day would be a dream! For me, poetry is an excellent form of therapy.
Oh! A chapter book! I exchanged critiques on the Eastern PA SCBWI Facebook site and got some great feedback. I’ve gone through the manuscript a couple times since then, but really need to hammer it down and give it a major revision. Overall, I’m very pleased with the direction of this MS, and loved the feedback I got.
Being back in the classroom and the beginning of the year things to do are subsiding a bit, and I’m getting back into a normal routine. Routine is good.
How’re things going for you? Let us know!