Trying to Focus

Maintaining a blog isn’t always easy. That’s one of the reasons we at PlotForge have multiple contributors. I mean, who is brilliant every day – besides my two partners, thank God. But what do I want to say today? What do I have to say today that my loyal followers might want to read? And most of all, why is my mind so jumbled today? That’s quite rare for me. But I think I know what the problem is.
The SCBWI Winter Conference in The Big Apple was good to me. I got a MS request from a top agent for Multiplayer, so as soon as I got home, Terri, Taylor, and I polished it up. Then I got some excellent editorial help from Claudia Pearson of SCBWI Southern Breeze Chapter that really helped it sparkle. Claudia is incredible. Sent that request out to Ginger Clark last Friday.
Then I had an unresolved task from an editor at St. Martin’s that’s been hanging over my head for a month. He is interested in two of my manuscripts: a mainstream thriller and my dystopian epic. This is good, yes, but he asked me to rework the plot for the second half of the dystopian. No problem, except I had no idea how to do it. Thought about it a lot. Spent a lot of time brainstorming with Terri and Taylor. Finally, from everybody’s ideas, it all gelled in my head some time last week and the story dropped into place. Wrote it up and sent it out to St. Martin’s on Wednesday. It’s Friday today.
The problem should be obvious—three different properties out to two different people at the same time. I am a combination of hopeful, anxious, and between projects. What do I do next? How do I pass the time while waiting for the replies? The dystopian needs the second half rewritten if the editor goes for the proposed outline. Multiplayer needs some more polish. Terri and Taylor both have highly marketable concepts in various stages of production. And then of course, there is the day job. I’m glad it’s Friday.

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One Response to Trying to Focus

  1. Terri-Lynne Smiles says:

    So is that my problem, too? Both the waiting times and the between projects periods are difficult, and a bit depressing. Perhaps we all need to get back to writing new material!

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