Wednesday, October 12, 2011
RTW: It's All About the Climb
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
PS - CONGRATS YA HIGHWAY! 100th ROAD TRIP! Woohoo!
This week's topic:
What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic Jams and detours? Where are you going next?
Three years ago, I began what I hope will continue to be an exhilarating roller coaster writing ride. I roughed out a “fun” novel in four months just to see if I could finish something, four months later I banged out a different story, and thought, Hmmm. I might have something here.
And I did. Maybe not something everyone else wanted, but I had the beginnings of a new passion. I had babies I absolutely fell in love with. And a desire to write about them twenty-four/seven.
I learned the fine frustration of querying. I attended my first writer’s conference. I networked with other writers. And met the first of my fabulous CPs.
I got rejected. I cried (publicly) when my work was shot down. I wondered if my babies would ever see a B&N Book Shelf.
I came out of the writer’s closet to my friends.
I wrote another story. I joined and participated in writer’s organizations. I connected with more writer-ly people. And gained a few more awesome CPs.
Gosh, there’s so much out there!
I started a blog. And came out of my writer’s closet to the world.
That was a little exciting. And a whole lot scary.
I queried another novel. Requested! Rejected. I entered writing contests. And I won some! But, I lost some too.
Fears of never signing cloud my head with self-doubt. I keep writing anyway.
I met some fabulous new friends at SCBWI. I joined platform-building crusades. I met the awesome RTWers I now connect with more than once a week. I’m learning SO MUCH.
I finished the rough draft of another novel. I started blogging at YA Confidential. And joined two book clubs. Busy, busy, busy.
I continue to revise, stay hopeful, and, more importantly, love everything I do. And I try to maintain a healthy balance amongst family, work, and passions.
There have been a lot of tears and frustrations, but so much LOVE. I can’t imagine my life without writing, the incredible rush of creating, crying and laughing at stuff I write, feeling the joys and heartbreaks of my characters. The feeling of finishing something and reading back over it. The scary, torturous yet invigorating thing called revisions.
The learning. The highs and lows of querying. The SUPPORT. The new friends.
EVERYTHING is hard. And frightening. And yet so, so AMAZING.
That’s been my writing journey so far. There’ve been mountains and straight-aways. Times I’ve veered off the path. But I always find my way back.
How about YOU? Where are you at on your writing journey?