Happy March. Two months are already gone for 2023. Time is moving too fast. But a new month means a new IWSG post. I had to think about what I wanted to talk about for this post. I thought about answering the question, but my terrible memory made that a no-go for me. I’ve read plenty of book, some I’m sure had amazing lines, but I sadly can’t recall them.
So where are my thoughts for this month? Deadlines and synopsis. I turned in book 1 to Harlequin last month, and book 2’s proposal isn’t due until July, but I needed to get a jump on it sooner. It took me over a year to finish the one I just handed in, I don’t have that sort of time for book 2. I’m a pantser so the whole process is throwing me off because I have to plan! Just thinking about that stresses me.
Way back in the day when I was in school, doing an outline was never something I enjoyed. I know it’s a method that works for plenty of people, I am just not one of them. But for book 2 I have to submit the proposal for acceptance which means writing a synopsis of what the book is about and I’m getting hung up on that fact.
I’ve talked with my writing buddies, worked to layout what *could* happen in the book to make a reasonable series of events, yet in my mind I’m like but what if I don’t want to do that. Part of the “fun” of writing for me is the journey to see where things go and how the characters develop overtime. Doing the work beforehand takes something away from the experience.
In true Meka fashion, I’m overthinking things I’m sure. Logically I know that writing the synopsis for approval doesn’t mean the story is set in stone, but it doesn’t stop the spiral. Nor does it stop some of the joy being sucked from the process. Do I have to figure out how to get over myself and get it done anyway? Absolutely, but it’s gonna take a lot of self-pep talks and remembering to look at the good. Focus on the positive.
Sorry if this post seems a bit disjointed and confused, that’s kinda my reality at the moment while I work through all of this.
Until next time,
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The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG are Diedre Knight, Tonya Drecker, Bish Denham, Olga Godim, and JQ Rose!