1. Work towards getting The Muse published.
This was an interesting month for The Muse. I started April by organizing query packages. I was ready to hit send on all of them, when I realized something had to change. After three months of sending queries I’m getting responses, but they are all rejections. While getting a response of any kind is great, I’m not getting the “yes” I need.
After some thought I think I figured out what’s happening. The fact that I’m getting responses tells me I’ve got a good query letter. That means the rejection factor is coming from my sample pages, which is usually the first five chapters.
I sat down and read the first five chapters at least 10 times before I had a major epiphany. In an instant, I knew what was wrong. Funny how that happens! I wrote to my editor and asked her what she thought about my epiphany and she agreed I was on to something.
What it all comes down to is cutting Chapter 1 entirely. When I really thought about it I realized everything in Chapter 1 is addressed in later early chapters. So why am I clogging the beginning of the story with what is essentially back story? The story has its true start in Chapter 2, so it makes sense to push it up to the beginning.
I may not have sent out a query package this month, but I am working hard on adjusting my manuscript for the next round of queries.
2. Start writing Lineage.
On the shelf at the moment, as per my plan!
3. Submit poetry.
With April being National Poetry Month, I found it easy to focus on this goal! I participated in two poetry challenges:
Over on the Poetic Asides community via Writer’s Digest, the annual April Poem A Day Challenge commenced. This challenge is also a competition that will culminate in a published poetry anthology. Each day there was a prompt, a guest judge, and over 1,000 posted poems. It was an incredible experience! I managed to post haikus every day (in total, I wrote 88 haikus) and I met some amazing poets along the way.
I also completed another month of National Haiku Writing Month’s daily prompts via NaHaiWriMo’s Facebook Page. While February is the official haiku writing month, the organization offers up daily haiku writing prompts every month. I ended up writing 61 haikus during the the month of April
4. Don’t give up or get distracted.
As the school year is starting to draw to a close, this goal is getting a little harder, but I think writing 149 haikus qualifies as staying focused! 🙂
5. Be flexible.
Who would have thought I’d cut Chapter 1?! I’m still in shock I made this decision, but I think it’s the right thing to do.
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And let’s not forget the word of the year:
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How are you doing with your 2015 goals?
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p.s. Happy Star Wars Day!!!
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6 thoughts on “2015 Goals: April Status Report”
I’m so impressed to read you cut an entire chapter! I’ve edited more than a few novels that could have been improved that way, but it’s not an easy conclusion to come to as a writer.
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It was one of those things that felt right the second I realized it had to go. No looking back! 🙂
What an awesome discovery! Here’s hoping cutting that first chapter does the trick. 🙂 Good luck with the rest of the school year, too. Definitely a distracting time, but it’ll be over soon. 🙂
Happy Star Wars Day to you too! May the Fourth be with you. 🙂
I’m certain I did the right thing, so now it’s about giving it another go and hoping for the best. 🙂
Happy Star Wars Day!! 🙂