Thanks, Terry, for keeping up with the blog!
I wish I could say I was busy doing edits for one book while I was feverishly writing another new story at the same time, but it would only be partially true.
I had started Script Frenzy, but the story had no conflict, so I went back to a script I started last year and didn’t finish. I’m down to the last four days, and I’m only up to page 24 of what was to be 100 pages. Whether or not I count the pages, I know this script has more conflict and is worth finishing. In fact, I have a deadline (May 1st) to enter it into a contest. I need at least the first 30 pages to enter, but the script must be finished in case the judges ask for more.
I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure every writer goes through this. I feel like I’m in some kind of writer’s ‘funk’ and don’t know how to pull out of it. I’ve got plenty of stories in my head, as well as two books that need editing, the script that I’m working on, and another story that I started last year but didn’t finish. Then there are the two completed manuscripts. The first one was my learning manuscript because I didn’t know what genre I was writing when I began it. I had some good remarks from contests, but I also had 47 rejections. The last rejection came ten years later. Talk about slow! My currently finished manuscript is sitting at two different publishing houses at this moment. One has had it four years, the other about one year. Neither of them bother to answer my emails or phone calls, so I’m thinking of sending it elsewhere.
The problem is, where do I send it? I’ve been rejected 16 times for the current manuscript. Some rejections came from editors, some from agents. Then there are the 16 contests I’ve entered it in over the years. Both stories began as young adult stories since I studied specifically for the children and YA markets. But when no one wanted the two stories, I re-wrote them to fit the adult market. The first one was born in 1992 and the second one in 1993. I’d love to see these babies move on to publication, but I feel like I’m at the drawing board again.
I’m taking one last chance with the “Romancing the Script” contest for the second baby. I’ve also decided to re-write the manuscript the way it was originally as a YA sci-fi romance. Some people just don’t get Sci-fi romance, and some don’t get YA.
You may be thinking, why does she keep sending these loser manuscripts out? Well, I’ll tell you. The second baby happens to be the first in a series of stories base in a galaxy far far away, in a time that is now. If I don’t get this first one sold, who would buy the second and third stories? I actually like these characters, so I want to tell their stories. As soon as I finish one manuscript, another one pops into my head, and the new characters don’t give me any peace until I start writing their stories as well.
It’s a daunting task, knowing you have to re-write something all over again from a younger person’s point of view, especially when you’ve been doing the same thing for 12 years!
But I’m hoping that my script will be well received and final (a win would also be nice). Then someone will offer me a lot of money to buy the script and then others will ask about a book to follow the movie. A book you say? Well, I just happen to have one already finished and ready to go. Wouldn’t it be nice to be as successful as J.K. Rowling?
So, I guess I’ll have to shake off this ‘writer’s funk,’ put away my procrastination for another day, and get down to business. Then, by May 2nd, I should be back at writing up interviews, getting my chapter’s newsletter ready for June, edit my second book in the sci-fi series, tweak the first book in my paranormal/angel series, and gear up for my first RWA Nationals Conference in Nashville.
Wish me luck! Better yet, pray for me. Prayer works!