Wait a minute! Isn’t “New Directions” the name of Glee’s glee cast? Okay, I actually don’t know since I have only watched a couple episodes of the show. Moving on.
I am going in a new direction with some of my writing. Okay, it’s not really a new direction, but I’m stepping back from the two picture books that I have been working and working on. I feel like I have invested so much time and effort into them that I am bogged down with all that I need to do. One story needs some refinement, and another, my first picture book written, is just weighing me down. Never mind the fact that a publishing company (albeit one I had to pay for) wanted to publish it and liked it. I just have invested so much time into it I need a break.
I wish things were easier and I could take the Cheshire Cat’s ‘Shortcut’ to the land of published author. However, since that is impossible….
So, as of a couple of days ago, I am focusing on a story I wrote this last August after going shopping for a hat. I felt for a while that it was just ‘cute’ and not that great, but thinking about it again, it wasn’t so bad. I am not fully stoked on it, but enough that I can view it with a slightly more judgemental eye. The past couple days I’ve gone over it, and that old writer’s adage of putting it aside for a few months, is brilliant. I was able to go back over it and find areas that need to be reworked and changed around. Wording that I couldn’t see at the time. Now I feel much better about it.
I also have to trim it down some. I haven’t even fully typed it up and I’m at 1000 words. Picture books need to be a bit less than that. I hate the trimming part the most because I never feel I know what needs to come out and what needs to stay, but then, rarely will the story stay exactly as it is when it get edited. So, I don’t have to super stress about it.
Finally, I feel confident enough to send this off to two agents I have had my eye on. Both of them have represented authors with whom I love their work. I actually feel I should write a review on these books. (for those interested, I don’t write very good reviews) So I may or may not write a review.
Well, all I can say is that I’m not so stressed this week. Ask me next, I might have a different answer for you.
- Picture Book Marathon 2012 (jhunsickerwrites.wordpress.com)
- Visual Narration – Children Picture Books (narrative2012k.wordpress.com)
- 12 x 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge: 1 down…11 to go! (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Trying Out Picture Books (allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com)