It’s been a long while since I have posted here to my blog! It’s been quite the few months, little of which has included writing. After finishing my first draft of the College 3 – Dark Waters, I started to begin receiving feedback on my second draft of Into the West. I sent a draft to four of my most trusted friends as readers, and let me tell you. Receiving feedback on your writing is a trip.
There is so much I knew I had to work on, so many questions I knew that stood to be answered. What I didn’t know is that I have, at present, none of the skills needed to take that feedback and make it useful.
So I have spent the last few months bouncing back and forth from outlining another book to editing into the West, all while feeling the looming shadow of my own lack of skill.
First drafts are in my wheelhouse now. I love NaNoWriMo as a structured way to pound out 50,000 words of a draft, and let it sit. Now rewriting is something I am becoming more skilled in. The next step is hearing feedback on my writing and being able to implement it. I know I can do it, it will just take time. I’m looking forward to a completed 3rd draft of Into the West, because it’s going to be closer and closer to sending off to an agent. That is, after all, the end goal. I know how hard it is to be traditionally published, but it’s been my goal since I was 6 or 7. It’s not quite in spitting distance yet, but it’s on the horizon.