I made it into Pitch Wars! I’m posting this late, but for a very good reason — I HAVEN’T STOPPED WORKING SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
I am teamed up with incredible writers/mentors Rachel Solomon and Kit Frick. I loved everything they said throughout the early stages of the contest, and couldn’t be happier with the match. They immediately sent me an excellent edit letter that confirmed all of my suspicions about the manuscript, and I have been chipping away at revisions to meet an early October deadline to turn it back to them.
From there, Rachel and Kit will take another look, I’ll make the final-final changes, and then we’ll go up before an agent review in November. I also have my own agent wishlist going for queries post-contest, in case I don’t find an agent match in that round.
It’s been a whirlwind, but I’m loving this stage of revision. The foundation of the MS is solid, and now I am taking time to focus more on details and deepening to make this the best story possible. This feels less like the “craft” part and more like the “art” part of writing. I am allowing myself to work in both veins, but giving myself time to find my flow.
OK, “find my flow” sounds disgusting. How about, hit my stride…? Pet my pony?
I think I’m getting further away from it.
Regardless, I’m worried less about whether the MS “makes sense,” and focused on whether the MS “makes beautiful sense.”
The very best part has been meeting this incredible writing community. I will post more about that in the next few weeks, but for now, let’s just say that it takes a village. Another very best part? Recognizing yet again that writing a novel is the toughest writing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding for many reasons: learning the craft, the people I’ve met, the people I have yet to meet, for examining the world through a more careful lens that I swear is making me a better person. #FictionSaves
Now, off to make my daily sacrifice to the writing gods. Today, I will be grinding speciality beans from Vashon Island, WA, and doing a supreme pour-over into the earth while a murmuring a heartfelt “thank you” to the universe. I wish you all bon weekend!