Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Decisions, Decisions...

The Mills and Boon New Voice competition's Top Ten have been announced, and as expected I'm not one of them. 

Yes, of course, it would have been nice to be one of them, but I wasn't overly confident that I was what Mills and Boon were looking for.  If my writing was yet to that sort of standard.

Part of me is relieved, I've not been very productive the last couple of weeks.  I can now crack on with my Writer's Bureau assignment (6) which has been on hold for the past two-three months.  Though, looking at that assignment, it looks hard work!  I also want to try and enter each month into the Writing Magazine's short story competitions.  Another way to get a story published, and could win some cash if I'm successful.   And I can't win these things if I'm not in them. 

So there was me thinking I'd put The Wedding Favour (which might get a name change yet) on hold, until my Beta's nagged me that I should keep writing it. 

I did argue that I wasn't sure if I was at the right phase of my life right now.  My youngest son is only at preschool, but come September 2011 he will start school, and both of my children will then be in full time education.  That's six hours a day, five days a week free time!  Okay, so I have to fit housework and exercise into there too, but I thought I would be in a greater position to knuckle down to novel writing.  I'd have a few more assignments under my belt, too.

And you hear of authors and how it took them a year to write their novel, then attempt to get it published.  Does it take a year chipping at it bit by bit or knuckling down spending every free minute of the day?  Because I'm going to have to chip away. 

Anyway, I've mulled it over and drunk copious amounts of coffee.  And there is no reason why I can't keep it ticking over I suppose.  Sophie and Adam have taken over my life!  I'm going to treat my Writer's Bureau stuff as if I were at college, so do that during the week.  And write my novel at weekends, or any 'free periods' I may get between my coursework.  There are times when even an article gets written, it needs to be put to rest for a few days before looking at it again.  Plus squeeze in a short story, remember!

The story is likely to be more aimed as a chick-lit rather than Mills and Boon Tender Romance.  This way, Sophie and Adam don't have to have their 'happy ending' at the end of the wedding, I can drag this out a bit, with some other fun stuff that I have planned.  Means I can expand on some minor characters that I have too. 

Here is the plan:  Once I've finished my second chapter - I did promise it would be put on here - I'll start getting out my Writer's Bureau stuff, and tackle assignment 6.  And just work everything else around it... including reading, housework, feeding the family, baking cakes, and generally running around after the two boys like a loon!  I also have a fanfic series to finish!  I swear there isn't enough time in the day...

I've already sacrificed TV (X-Factor - what's that?)  and if I sacrifice any more sleep I'll be even more irritable than I already am... I could really do with Dr Who turning up right about now - preferably the one looking like David Tennant, and having Captain Jack as his sidekick -  oh like I'd get writing done then!