September 15, 2016

Too busy for fiction

While my personal life has been a bit of a whirlwind, I've set aside a lot of activities while trying to heal. Although I haven't abandoned writing, I've been doing a lot of journaling, and not a lot of fiction drafting. I want to get back into a writing routine, but it still might take me a while.

My son started full day preschool, and with him gone during the day I thought I'd be able to get a lot more done. Lack of motivation aside, that hasn't quite been the case. I still have my daughter with me and she's full of energy and in the terrible twos. Whatever I'm doing, whether it's cleaning, typing, or getting dressed, she is right there trying to help. It's sweet, but finding time for writing during the day is still hard.

I've still been getting responses from agents and publishers on my first novel. Though I haven't gotten an offer, the feedback has been really positive. But the idea of continuing to query this particular manuscript makes my stomach turn. I was very thoughtful about who I sent submissions to and don't want to send my book to anyone who wouldn't be a great fit.

In the meantime, I have been researching self publishing. The success of some self published career authors gives me hope that maybe this would work for my writing career. I could pursue self publishing for my first book, or I could get my second finished manuscript ready for submission and focus on that one instead. I'm not sure; I need to think about it.


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