An update on Mirror of Sparrows

A few people have asked about the book, so here is a little update for anyone who might be interested. : )

Has Vanessa been slacking? Well, mostly no. I’ve been working on the book almost every day.

So what do I have to show for?

On writing

During NaNoWriMo, November writing month, Mirror of Sparrows managed to grow by a little over 33,000 words. The goal was 50,000, but the plot was off and needed to go back to the drawing board. While I didn’t meet my word goal, I did make a significant breakthrough in understanding my characters.

On outlining

Most forward motion has been made in my outline. I know, I know – I’ve announced several times before that the outline was complete. I was wrong. The outline is still very much in progress, though it is slowly shaping into a story that is more fun and interesting than anything I could have originally imagined.

The story, I hope, will be written for two points of view, Colin’s and Molly’s. Colin’s POV is coming together, but Molly’s needs more crafting. Also, I want to take the ending to another level.

As a side note – I am super thankful for my freelance editor, Ellen Brock. She has been such an encourager and phenomenal resource. Every time I connect with her, I feel like my potential for excellence increases.

Writing groups

I am now part of two writing groups!

  • Several writing friends and I formed a writing group that has been meeting at my house monthly. It’s been amazing because we encourage each other and ask each other great questions. I love it!
  • The local chapter of the SCWBI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)  invited me to join their critique group. We meet over Skype and they have been a fantastic resource. I am so thankful for them.

What’s next? When will I be done?

I will continue to work on Molly’s POV and on sketching out each scene. I’m not concerned about time anymore. I’d rather have a story that is right, then a hurried work. Plus, I enjoy the process, so why add stress to it and ruin it?

If you’ve read all the way to here, thank you! I so appreciate your support and interest.

I hope you have a very happy Christmas and holiday season. May you be blessed with joy, peace, and so much love,


10 thoughts on “An update on Mirror of Sparrows

  1. Great update Vanessa; I admire your determination and resolve to take your time in the creative process. The end result will be well worth the effort! Merry Christmas!! With love, Aunt Christine

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  2. Wonderful to hear what’s going on and good job! More about my process in person–very soon, I hope! Lovely photo and glad you find writing fun (albeit challenging no doubt–indubitably good for the brain cells). It’s definitely an art! Don’t stop.

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  3. This is soooo cool to see how a writer thinks. I tell my middle school students that I know authors, but as writers themselves I think that they struggle with the immensity of it all. I can’t wait to tell them that I know a writer who is still in process and that they too can be creative and that the process is long and tedious but also WORTH IT! Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for the update! I was *just* wondering about it. Glad to hear you are enjoying the process—thanks so much for giving us a glimpse inside the mind of a writer. Love the photo too! Make a perfect, “About the Author” pic 🙂

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