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?
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.
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.
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,