Blogs have been scarce for several reasons. I’m finishing the second of two voice classes. Planning two day-long intensives and arranging those trips (during which I will see one son in NYC and the other will go with me to Florida–yippee!). Mainly, however, I’m working on the MIP. The chef interview was fantastic and he gave me some more resources, so I’ve been reading and working and rearranging, looking up headers for the tops of the chapters. It’s not a finished book by any stretch, but it really is time to send my agent what I have and let her have a look. If I don’t do it now, it will be the middle of November before I can get back to it. I asked a writer friend to have a look last week. She said she had to stop in the middle and go eat somthing because it made her so hungry. A good sign.
So, I’ll send out around 150 pages at the end of the week. This woke me up in the middle of the night last night and I was scrolling through the pages at 3 am, moving a word, changing a sentence, a verb, deleting extraneous dialogue tags and adverbs. Passive to active. Telling to showing. All those ordinary polishing things. Not that it’s a finishing kind of polish. More like tying a kindergartener’s shoe before she goes off to school the first day.
Aside from that golden period before I actually start, everything about the writing process makes me fret. I fret about starting and finishing. I fret about synopses (because I am wretched at writing them) and about titles and about releases. It’s brilliant and exciting, but also nerve-wracking.
What’s been brilliant and nerve wracking for you lately?