So, I've been spending so much quality time with my manuscript that I'm worried we're starting to finish each other's sentences. Or at least one of us is.
So, I wanted to write a little bit today about being BOLD.
I've been called bold more times than I can count, but I've been called crazy just as often.
|Crazy Kelsey playing Crazy Maureen in RENT|
I'm sorta proud of the fact that I go with my gut nine times out of ten, especially in the case of things that I'm interested in like music, theatre, and now writing.
There are people that I know IRL that have had completed books on their shelves for multiple YEARS... These are finished books, mind you, that have never been queried... not even once. They say things like, "It's not ready", or "It isn't perfect yet" and I get it.
It is so, so hard to send your bit of heart out into the universe, but waiting for perfection is something that just isn't part of my creative process.
❤ HEART ❤
I want it to be interesting and beautiful and accurate and correct and consistent and insightful and important... but I never crave that my work be perfect.
If I am listing things that I want it to be... that's not on the list.
There are so many other qualities I want it to have, that I value so much more than perfection.
Perhaps that's why I really don't mind critique. It doesn't bother me in the slightest when someone tells me ways that my story can grow.
On that note, I'm so honored to have been selected by Cupid herself of Cupid's Lit Connection for her team in the writer's voice competition !
I entered this contest rather silently, but now that I've been chosen, I'm proud to say that my query and first page was one of 40 entries placed on a team out of 200 entrants. That's pretty awesome.
And in the next few days, I'll be shaping and honing my query, first pages, and honestly, my whole MS to get it ready for the potential requests that could come my way in the coming days.
It's a lot of work, and it's so, so hard to keep looking at the same words over and over, but that's how it all gets better isn't it? Maybe not perfect, but so much better.