I'm going to be unplugging for a bit though and I thought I'd share why.
Last week Natalie Whipple posted about her two book sale. I'm so happy for her. I've been following her blog for a while and I know it's been a long road for her.
Her sale was also a kick in the pants for me.
See I discovered Natalie's blog at the end of 2008, when we were both finalists in Nathan Bransford's First paragraph Competition. Now Natalie has an agent and a two book deal and I. . .um. . .don't.
I could stamp my foot and whine, but like I said I've been reading Natalie's blog and I know that book contract didn't just land on her doorstep delivered by the good luck fairy. She worked really, really hard and she kept working.
Now in my defense I haven't been sitting around doing nothing. Since 2008 I wrote the book to go with that first paragraph. I edited the hell out of it four times! I found my wonderful critique group. Oh and I also had a baby and moved countries.
But since last August, when after five full rejections I decided to put novel one aside and work on something new, I've been faffing about. No other way to put it.
I think I may be scared of finishing a first draft. Now I know that's just the beginning. Now I know that finishing and editing a novel is not a guarantee of an agent and a book deal.
But I really need to get over that and get down to work! As one of my favourite authors, Philip Pullman, says;
If you want something you can have it, but only if you want everything that goes with it, including all the hard work and the despair, and only if you're willing to risk failure
So I am unplugging, cutting back on television, and reading (yes even reading. I really do want this), so I can buckle down and try and get this first draft done by August 1st.
Wish me luck.
I'll probably check blogs on Sundays, I can't go completely cold turkey, but I won't be posting (my procrastination method of choice) for a while.