I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.
What am I working on this week?
I’ve finished the major rewrite of my young adult novel – woohoo! I’ve sent it off for a proofread because I know I’ll have missed some of the pronoun changes in going from 3rd person to 1st. I’ve also asked the editor to look for any inconsistencies that might have come from the change of perspectives as well as any general feedback. This is the manuscript I plan to submit to Varuna so while it does’t have to be finished-finished, it needs to be in the best place it can possibly be.
While I wait for the editor to get back to me I’m going to focus on finishing off a couple of short stories and get into a couple of guest blog posts that now have a looming deadline. I’m also starting to look around for a potential publisher for my YA horror novel, so if anyone has ideas of somewhere that might be interested, let me know.
What’s inspiring me this week?
This is a more I’m hoping I’m inspired – I got sucked in by a facebook ad (which I’m usually immune to) and on impulse signed up to an online YA writing masterclass being hosted in 2018 by Judy Blume. The website looks all very flash and they do have some superstar presenters but after I signed up (really, I did it before I knew what I was doing!) I watched an intro video by Aaron Sorkin and it was one of the most painful things I’ve ever sat through. I couldn’t actually sit through the full 7 minutes because I found it, well, uninspiring. But Judy Blume – I mean the woman is a YA phenomenon. She all but invented the genre (well turned it on its head anyway). So it’s got to be good, right?
Meanwhile, yesterday I watched a documentary about Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian fashion icon from New York. The documentary, Iris, opened my eyes up to another way into creativity. The doco was made a few years ago when she was 93 and she was an unstoppable force even then. Her eye for colour, design and her innate ability to put objects together to create something much more than the sum of its parts was truly inspiring. Hers is the definition of a creative life. Her life is a work of art.
What action do I need to take?
I need to do some of the pre-work for this masterclass I’ve signed up to, so I can get my head around where it might be helpful. There is an online community, so my first task is to investigate that.