I am not a planner. If you have done NaNoWriMo then you know the term pantster and I should be the poster child for that term.
If something is going to be a lot of effort, is very important or will require the help of others I try so hard to plan ahead. But I usually find myself running around at the last minute saying, "I meant to do this two weeks ago. Where did that time go?"
But not this year, oh no. I was all prepared and ready to go for Blogging A to Z. I had my theme and all my work and research done. I just had to start writing the blog posts this weekend and then...
I had the most amazing, uplifting, exciting phone conversation with David Henry Sterry of the Book Doctors the other day and all my planning- which I never do and was feeling so accomplished and responsible adult about- has been shot to hell. Please realize that I am not, I repeat, not complaining. David gave me some very favorable feedback- which I am tempering with a lot of realism as he has not actually read my manuscript - but this feedback has re-energized my interest in my first book, which I hadn't touched since November because I wrote another book during NaNoWriMo. I also set a deadline for myself and it may not have been realistic but I told him it would be done in a month; right in the middle of blogging A to Z. Do you see my problem here?
So my theme will go away- and I was really excited about it so I will make it part of my normal blog instead- and blogging A-Z will follow the challenges of getting my manuscript ready to go.
The Book Doctors are available for consultation and I recommend reaching out to them through their website if you need professional advice. I love my writing groups but none of us have ever been published and one of my groups couldn't find a bad thing to say about a tornado if it had recently torn through their homes and left them homeless and destitute. Super wonderful group, God bless their hearts, who I love dearly but my book and everything I write cannot be as fabulous as they say.
Working with the Book Doctors through seminars and personal consultations has given me a lot of very helpful and useful as well as realistic information about writing and publishing my book.
I can't wait for Blogging A-Z and a chance to have some of you cheer me on as I work tirelessly to shore up my manuscript and get it out into the world. I am sure I will be needing some encouragement.
I look forward to all the new blogs I will discover and some new friends along the way.
Happy blogging everyone.