Posted on May 25, 2012 - by Dawn Ford
It’s been a year since I finished my YA speculative manuscript. I rushed it a bit since it had been a request by a publisher and it wasn’t finished at the time of the request. Although outlined, I still floundered at the end. Why? I had two possible endings in mind, one that would leave it open for a series, and one that would wrap it up tight leaving it a stand-alone book. And it just didn’t feel right.
Lately I have been reading several mainstream YA novels, trying to keep up with the market and stay immersed in the genre. Many of those novels have had rushed endings or endings that weren’t as satisfactory as I had hoped. My mind kept wandering back to my baby, sitting untouched on my hard drive. Back and forth I would debate with myself on starting back up. Something always seemed to hold me back.
I had a discussion this past Sunday with my critique partner who had just finished her manuscript and was having a difficult time getting into a new one. I agreed with her that sometimes writing can be like pulling teeth. I pondered my abandoned manuscript.
I’m not sure what it was about that conversation that got the fire going again, but Monday I sat down and wrote over 3,000 words before I knew it. The start is not quite what I want, but it felt wonderful just sitting down with words flowing out of my fingers freely. I admit, I haven’t had that feeling for quite awhile now. My current manuscript is set aside while I tap into my Muse to breathe life into the old one.
Maybe it’s just that September’s conference is slowly creeping up on me. Possibly, it’s just that I needed another outlet for my creative urges now that I had spurted to a crawl on my fantasy MS. It could be that I’m part ADD and it slips out from time to time. Hopefully it doesn’t speak to the fact that I start things much easier than I finish them.
Whatever it is, I’m running with it. This weekend we leave for Okoboji on a fishing trip. Since I don’t fish, I am left with plenty of time to work on my writing. Honestly, it will feel like a vacation to be able to get something productive done.
I pray you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday.